Tantum ergo, WAB 32
|Motet by Anton Bruckner|
|Dedication||St. Florian Abbey|
The original manuscript, which was dedicated to the St. Florian Abbey, is stored in the archive of the abbey. A copy made by Bruckner's student Oddo Loidol is stored in the archive of the Kremsmünster Monastery.
The motet was first published without the "facultative" bars as Pange lingua by Wöss, Universal Edition, together with the Vexilla regis in 1914 – the reason why Grasberger put is as WAB 32 after the Pange lingua, WAB 31. The full version is put in Band XXI/7 of the Gesamtausgabe.
This early Tantum ergo, which gives a feeling of angelic purity, is in Schubert's style. The fully conventional first part in D major is followed by a second part, which moves on via the mediant key of F-sharp minor and back to the coda in D major.
The first recording of the Tantum ergo occurred in 1993:
- Joseph Pancik, Prager Kammerchor, Anton Bruckner: Motetten / Choral-Messe – CD: Orfeo C 327 951 A (first strophe of the shortened score)
There are about 8 recordings, of which only two with the full original setting:
- Jonathan Brown, Ealing Abbey Choir, Anton Bruckner: Sacred Motets – CD: Herald HAVPCD 213, 1997
- Erwin Ortner, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Anton Bruckner: Tantum ergo - CD: ASC Edition 3, issue of the choir, 2008
- C. van Zwol, p. 701.
- Gesamtausgabe - Kleine Kirchenmusikwerke
- M. Auer, pp. 50-51
- 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
- Tantum ergo, WAB 32: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Free scores for Tantum ergo, WAB 32 in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki) – Wöss edition as Pange lingua
- Pange lingua, recte: Tantum ergo D-Dur, WAB 32 Critical discography by Hans Roelofs (in German)
- A live performance of the Wöss' edition of the motet by the Choir Rondo Histriae (September 2006) can be heard on YouTube: Bruckner's Pange lingua
- A live performance of the original setting of the motet (without the optional bars) by the Vocal ensemble of the University of Cologne (October 2015) can be heard on YouTube: Anton Bruckner: Tantum ergo