Panis Angelicus – Cesar Franck – for 4 horns

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Panis angelicus (Latin for "Bread of Angels" or "Angelic Bread") is the penultimate strophe of the hymn "Sacris solemniis" written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the feast of Corpus Christi as part of a complete liturgy of the feast, including prayers for the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.

The strophe of "Sacris solemniis" that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" ("bread of angels") has often been set to music separately from the rest of the hymn. Most famously, in 1872 César Franck set this strophe for tenor voice, harp, cello, and organ, and incorporated it into his Messe à trois voix.

Author: Cesar Franck

Instrumentation: 4 horns

Genre: classical

Level: Intermediate

Read all about the piece on Wikipedia. You can listen to the recording here on Youtube. Check out also the available Lessons.