Happy birthday, Samuel

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) composed the Adagio for Strings in 1936 as the second movement of his String Quartet. In 1967 Barber adapted the music into a choral composition, using the words of the Agnus Dei from the Latin Mass. This performance is by the Te Deum Chamber Choir of Kansas City.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.

7 Responses to Happy birthday, Samuel

  1. V.M.Sang says:

    Beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.
    This I must reblog.

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  3. Adrienne says:

    Just gorgeous!

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  4. egorr says:

    I have to say that there is nothing more soul-satisfying than to sing a capella, in Latin, in a “lively” venue, of which a cathedral is perfect.
    Et Lux Perpetua!

    Thank you.

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