Dona Nobis Pacem is perhaps the most famous of singing rounds, and certainly one of the loveliest. This free vocal sheet music comes with free guitar tabs and treble staff for pianists, vocalists, fiddlers, and other instrumentalists.
The Latin words of this beautiful singing round mean "Give us peace."
Download guitar tabs and treble staff for Dona Nobis in the key of C
Printable sheet music and guitar tabs and treble staff in the key of D
Download free vocal sheet music in the key of E
Singing round in the key of G
Most people are only familiar with the melody of the beginning, or part 1. Parts 2 & 3 provide harmony for that melody, giving body and fullness to the music. But those parts are pretty tricky to learn! Learning this beautiful round has been more difficult for my singing groups than most other rounds.
For guitar, I like the way the melody works in the key of D. But for fiddle/violin, I think the key of G is easiest for beginning students.
Here is the singing round all on one page, on treble staff with no guitar tablature:
Download lead sheet for Dona Nobis in the key of A
Download lead sheet in the key of Bb
Lead sheet in the key of C
Free singing round in the key of D
Free singing round in the key of Eb
Singing round in the key of E
Singing round in the key of F
Singing round in the key of G
When practicing Dona nobis pacem with just one student, I play the chords for an accompaniment. Hearing the harmonies helps students stay on pitch.
Because the only repetitious element is the text (the lyrics) this round is harder to learn than many others. It is worth the trouble, however!
Enjoy this beautiful vocal round!
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Good for you! Yes, I know just what you mean. Every new endeavor requires a little bit of chutzpah -- not to say just brazening it out a bit, because you just can't be an expert at anything until you've done it for a while. All of us teachers have to learn how to teach... and you have to start somewhere.
... I watched your video "Wondrous Love" with your eight gals - Magnificent! So refreshing to see good harmonies sung a capella these days; it seems to be rare!
Useful Sites for Vocalists
ArtSongCentral, source of much free vocal literature
Cantorian.org, home to free classical sheetmusic
ChoralWiki, Home of the Choral Public Domain Library
International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Petrucci Music Library
Musicnotes.com - transpose vocal sheets up or down!
Note-Perfect.com, Resources for Choral Singers and Soloists - hear your part!
Singwise.com - Technical singing advice
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