Adoro te devote
(Humbly I Adore Thee)

“Adoro te devote” (“Humbly I Adore Thee”) is a eucharistic, or communion, hymn with text by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274).

The origin of the melody is unclear. In some places it is simply described as a Gregorian chant; in others as a 13th-century Benedictine plainsong; in others as a French church melody published in the Paris Processionale (hymnal or liturgical manual) of 1697. Regardless, it is a lovely, flowing tune well-suited for the trombone’s legato “singing” capabilities.

In this arrangement, the trombone plays the tune through on the first verse in D major, adds a descant over the organ in the second verse and, following a short modulation, recapitulates the tune in the concluding key of G major.

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