Tantum ergo, WAB 44

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Tantum ergo
Motet by Anton Bruckner
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KeyB-flat major
CatalogueWAB 44
TextTantum ergo
Composedc. 1854 (c. 1854): St. Florian
Published1932 (1932): Regensburg
VocalSATB choir
Instrumental2 violins, 2 trumpets, organ

Tantum ergo ("Let us raise"), WAB 44, is the last of eight settings of the hymn Tantum ergo composed by Anton Bruckner in c. 1854.


Bruckner composed the motet in c. 1854 during his stay in St. Florian Abbey. The original manuscript is lost. An autograph voice score is stored in the archive of the abbey.[1]

The motet was first published in band II/2, pp. 256–258 of the Göllerich/Auer biography.[1] It is put in Band XXI/18 of the Gesamtausgabe.[2]


The work of 29 bars in B-flat major, as edited in the current Gesamtausgabe,[2] is scored for SATB choir, 2 violins, 2 trumpets and organ.[1]

On 25 June 2017 a new edition of the score by Cohrs, prepared for the Anton Bruckner Urtext Gesamtausgabe,[3] with reconstructed viola, cello, contrabass and timpani scores has been premiered by Łukasz Borowicz with the RIAS Kammerchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.[4]


There are only three recordings of this last setting of Tantum ergo:

  • Richard Proulx, Cathedral Singers and Chamber Orchestra, Rediscoverd Masterpieces – CD: GIA 515, 1998
  • Thomas Kerbl, Chorvereinigung Bruckner 09, Anton Bruckner Chöre/Klaviermusik – CD: LIVA 034, 2009
  • Łukasz Borowicz, RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Raphael Alpermann (Organ), Anton Bruckner – Missa solemnis – CD: Accentus ACC 30429, 2017



  • August Göllerich, Anton Bruckner. Ein Lebens- und Schaffens-Bild, c. 1922 – posthumous edited by Max Auer by G. Bosse, Regensburg, 1932
  • 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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