Dona Nobis Pacem
a Round for Singers

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 also treble staff for pianists, vocalists, fiddlers, and other instrumentalists. 

Guitar tabs Dona Nobis Pacem


Scroll down the page for the links to the free downloadable PDF sheets.

The Latin words of this beautiful singing round mean "Give us peace." 



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.

Singing round sheet music Dona nobis pacem


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.

This song would make a very beautiful Christmas performance for a group of guitarists, if three took the melody, and one played backup chords.  I'm considering persuading my current group of guitar players that this is just what they want to do for our next Christmas recital!

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: 

Vocal round Dona nobis pacem


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!





The links for the guitar tablature arrangements:


Download guitar tabs for Dona Nobis Pacem 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 with guitar tabs


Singing round for guitar tabs in the key of G



The links for the vocal line lead sheets:


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





Enjoy this beautiful vocal round! 




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