Originally composed for solo voice, Dona nobis pacem combines the vocal style of the yoik tradition (a Sámi form of song) and a more classical vocal style. This arrangement for mixed voices develops this vocal palette further (as does the SSAA version also available).
The piano part is supplied alongside chord symbols, which allow a freer approach to accompaniment, and this may also be supplemented by the optional accordion/wind instrument and percussion parts. All the lyrics, except the words ‘Dona nobis pacem’, are so called yoik syllables with no linguistic meaning (for which a pronunciation guide is included), as used within the Sami yoik tradition.
Fjellheim’s distinctive and approachable musical language, which many will recognise from the use of his music at the opening of Disney’s Frozen, will appeal to both singers and audience.