Four Tantum ergo, WAB 41

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Four Tantum ergo
Motets by Anton Bruckner
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Key B-flat major, A-flat major, E-flat major, C major
Catalogue WAB 41
Form Hymn
Text Tantum ergo
Language Latin
Composed 1846 (1846): St. Florian Abbey
Dedication A.M.D.G.
Published 1893 (1893): Innsbruck
Vocal SATB choir
Instrumental Organ ad lib. (1846 version) a cappella (1888 version)

The four Tantum ergo ("Let us raise"), WAB 41, are settings of the hymn Tantum ergo composed by Anton Bruckner in 1846.


Bruckner composed these four motets A.M.D.G. in 1846 at the beginning of his stay at St. Florian Abbey. The original manuscript, which was stored in the archive of Neuer Dom of Linz, was lost in the process. Voice scores can still be found in the archive of the St. Florian Abbey.[1]

In 1888, Bruckner revised these four settings, as well as the next setting in D major.[2] The revised version of the five Tantum ergo was published first by Johann Groß, Innsbruck in 1893. In this first edition the ordering for the 4 compositions was deviating from the original ordering by the composer. The WAB ordering, which is based on this first edition, deviates also from the original ordering by the composer.[2]

Both 1846 and 1881 versions are put in Band XXI/12 and 37 of the Gesamtausgabe, respectively.[3]


The works are scored for SATB choir and organ ad lib. The first setting, in B-flat major (WAB 41.3) is 25-bar long. The three other settings in A-flat major (WAB 41.4), E-flat major (WAB 41.1), and C major (WAB 41.2), are 24-bar long. Afterwards a 2- (3-)bar Amen was added to the settings.[1]

In the 1888 version the settings are score for mixed choir a cappella. In the setting in E-flat major the Dresdner Amen is used on "ritui" (bars 15-16).[4]

Selected discography[edit]

The first recording occurred in 1931:

  • Ferdinand Habel, Domchor zu St. Stephan (Vienna) – 78 rpm Christschall 130A (Tantum ergo in C major, 1846 version)

1846 version[edit]

There is a single recording with all four Tantum ergo:

  • Thomas Kerbl, Chorvereinigung Bruckner 09, Anton Bruckner Chöre/Klaviermusik – CD: LIVA 034 (first strophe only)

1888 version[edit]

There are three recordings with all four Tantum ergo:


  1. ^ a b C. van Zwol, p. 702
  2. ^ a b C. van Zwol, p. 709
  3. ^ Gesamtausgabe - Kleine Kirchenmusikwerke
  4. ^ M, Auer, p. 52


  • Max Auer, Anton Bruckner als Kirchenmusiker, G. Bosse, Regensburg, 1927
  • Anton Bruckner – Sämtliche Werke, Band XXI: Kleine Kirchenmusikwerke, Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, Hans Bauernfeind and Leopold Nowak (Editor), Vienna, 1984/2001
  • Cornelis van Zwol, Anton Bruckner 1824–1896 – Leven en werken, uitg. Thoth, Bussum, Netherlands, 2012. ISBN 978-90-6868-590-9

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