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.
Here is the familiar part of the melody, arranged for guitar:
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
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.
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:
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
Free singing round in the key of D
Free singing round in the key of Eb
Enjoy this beautiful vocal round!
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All the first-year material I give my beginner students.
Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!
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A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
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With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
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