Anyone know this “Anima Christi?”
  • If anyone is familiar with the composer and source of this setting of the Anima Christi, I would be most grateful.

    https://youtu.be/JdnQG__ofe0
  • Cmanfro
    Posts: 11
    Yes, Soul of My Saviour
    I believe its in the Adoremus Hymnal
    I will look tonight while at church & get back to you!
  • LarsLars
    Posts: 85
    Very popular in my neck of the woods. I only have english version.
    This particular setting found here:
    https://archive.org/details/CatholicChurchHymnalWithMusic

    Thanked by 1John_F_Church
  • Thank you both! Any place I can find the Latin setting?
  • English isn’t bad though. You guys rock, thank you!
  • GerardH
    Posts: 293
    The Latin text is not metered where the English is 10.10.10.10. Fitting the Latin onto this tune as in the recording requires more dotted slurs than I am the bread of life.
  • Felicia
    Posts: 94
    Hymnary.org has a little biographical information on William J. Maher:

    https://hymnary.org/tune/anima_christi_maher/

    The tune in the Adoremus Hymnal (first edition, 1997, #522), with an English text, was composed by Lorenzo Dobici. Sorry, I don't know his dates offhand, except that he lived in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. It is the same tune used in the old St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book, with the Latin text.

    Hope this helps.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • CGM
    Posts: 583
    They do indeed sing the music that Lars posted above, except in a lower key.

    I suspect that the conductor decided that he would prefer to sing the Anima Christi in Latin, so he retrofit the Latin text to this well-known tune (of the same prayer, versified in English). Since the tune was written for a text in strict meter, and the Latin text does not match the meter of the tune, you find in this adaptation an unexpected melisma here or an extra syllable there, as well as those surprising mid-phrase breaths in the second and third verses.

    To sing this version, I think you've got two options:
    1. You could either slot in the Latin text yourself, using the recording as a guide, or
    2. Perhaps try to track down which St. Patrick's Church it was that released this recording, and email the conductor directly to ask for a copy of the score. If he in fact created this arrangement himself, he may well be willing to share it with you.
    Thanked by 1John_F_Church
  • Felicia
    Posts: 94
    Correction to my post above: the St. Gregory had the text in English. My memory was wrong on that one.
  • CGM, Felicia

    Thank you for pointing me in the right direction. Maybe I will have to place the Latin in myself.

    Thanks for your time and resources, everyone. God bless you!
  • If memory serves, Hugh Henry had a transcription of the Maher setting into Latin. You might try contacting him (or Jes, if that fails).
    Thanked by 2tomjaw John_F_Church