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Victimæ paschali laudes

by Gary D. Penkala

I. Sequence

Victimæ paschali laudes Victimæ paschali laudes is the beautiful poem that serves as the sequence from Easter Sunday through Second Sunday of Easter [Divine Mercy]. It has been variously attributed to

  1. Wipo of Burgunday (1039)
  2. Notker Balbulus (10th century)
  3. Adam of Saint Victor (13th century)
  4. Robert II of France

The Gregorian chant setting can be found in the Graduale Romanum, p.198, the Graduale simplex, p.160, the Gregorian Missal, p.351, and in the CNP Booklet of Chant II. CNP also publishes an English metrical version by Alex Hill, based on the chant melody – Praises to the Paschal Victim

II. Choral Settings

Many fine choral settings exist, among them:

There are also settings by Perosi, Fernando de las Infantas, Hans Buchner, Josquin and Willaert.

III. Organ Settings

This chant inspired many compositions for organ:

Here's a fascinating video of the planning and execution of a double improvisation by Daniel Roth and Eric Lebrun at Saint Sulpice in Paris.

IV. Chorale Motets

Chorales derived from Victimæ paschali laudes include these, with the listed choral versions:

Christ ist erstanden (12th century)

Christ lag in Todesbanden

Article written 14 April 2014, updated 28 April 2014

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