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  • Jennifer Friedman
    Feb 17, 2011
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      "Dona Nobis Pacem" as a text is very old; it is part of the official mass text that has been used in Christian (now called Catholic) Church masses going all the way back before SCA period. The words would have been included in every regular mass in every church within the Roman church tradition, everywhere in the world where Roman Christians went, always in Latin until the Church switched to vernacular masses relatively recently.
      This also means that it has been set to hundreds and hundreds of different tunes, both as a part of masses (like the "Missa Pange Lingua" Margrett mentions) and as a separate hymn or choral piece. To my knowledge it wasn't popular as a text to set in a separate tune during SCA period (my guesses why: partly because it's so short, partly because it's at the very end of the mass and I don't think composers were encouraged to set it because people were anxious to finish up and leave at that point).
      I find it interesting that the wikipedia article on "Dona Nobis Pacem" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dona_nobis_pacem ) does list some pieces of music that use the text, but they are all from post-SCA period, and even the masses listed are fairly non-traditional, such as Bernstein's Mass, which uses English text chosen by Bernstein in addition to the traditional Latin mass text.
      Personally I have known the "Dona Nobis Pacem" round at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dona_Nobis_Pacem_(canon)  for many years (if I recally correctly, we used it as processional music for a 4th grade production of "The Sound of Music") and it doesn't sound remotely medieval or Renaissance-like to me. I am kind of surprised that people wonder if it dates back to SCA period.
      Jewish girl who's sung more masses than most Catholics she knows ;)

      Eliane Halevy, OL
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      Jennifer Friedman, 4630 Mineral Point Rd., Madison, WI 53705
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      From: Margrett Norwoode <mistressmargrett@...>
      To: KWChoir@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thu, February 17, 2011 9:59:10 AM
      Subject: [KWChoir] Dona Nobis Pacem


      Does anyone on the list have documentation that Dona Nobis Pacem is actually period? My vocal group Court & Country wanted to do it back in 2009 but we could not find good documentation for it.
      Here is a discussion we found on the subject online:
      And when checking on the Josquin mass mentioned in the discussion, I found at least one SATB version of sheet music for his mass, but do not see that the music resembles the traditional round in any way.
      If some one here knows something I don't about the song, I would love to be able to do the song in my group.


      From: Anwyn Davies <anwyn@...>
      To: KWChoir@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Mon, February 14, 2011 2:45:47 PM
      Subject: RE: [KWChoir] The Top Ten Songs


      Hmmm. I think you'll find the tenor AND the bass parts are original to the song, not SCA-specific inclusions, but as they aren't sung in the round, are much less well known.


      Blod in Lochac, who knew the song in all parts long before she joined the SCA.


      From: KWChoir@yahoogroups.com [mailto:KWChoir@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of corun@...
      Sent: 14 February 2011 03:11
      To: KWChoir@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [KWChoir] The Top Ten Songs



      Morien wrote:
      >I would like to add:
      >Dona Nobis Pacem

      Lovely song. But stick to the original t! hree parts and don't add in the SCA added fourth part. It's really unnecessary and unbalances the round, and most people outside Atlantia won't know it.


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