Christ, We Do All Adore Thee

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  • Text Writer: Theodore Baker, 1899 (translation of the Latin hymn Adoramus Te)
  • Vocal Part(s): Unison, with opt. 2nd pt.
  • Vocal Range: Pt. I, g-f’; Pt. II, c-a 
  • Key: C major 
  • Meter: 4/4 
  • Accompanying Instrument: violin and piano or harp

Target Age Group: Grades 3-6 (with option of K-2 joining in singing the phrases, “Christ we do all adore Thee, and we do praise Thee forever.”)

Description: Christ We Do All Adore Thee, the a cappella final movement from Theodore DuBois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, was arranged for our Viva Voce 2011-2012 curriculum for unison (optional two-part) with violin and piano (or harp) accompaniment. This gentle anthem is appropriate and easy to prepare for Lent/Holy Week or for a Communion service. If sung in parts, opportunities for tuning thirds and sixths abound.

Anthem Warm-Up

  • bars 13-16: intervallic tuning

Teaching Points

  • Melodic Singing/Interpretation: Singing with dynamics; shaping phrases
  • Intervallic Tuning: Tuning melodic ascending lines; tuning intervals between parts
  • Music History: Learning about Theodore DuBois and the composers of the Paris Conservatory
  • Music History/Style Exploration: Listening to/watching performances of the rest of DuBois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ on You Tube, DVD or CD
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Christ, we do all adore thee,
And we do praise thee for ever,
Who on the cruel cross
Hast thou the world from sin redeemed.