Ave Verum Corpus

for bass


Learn how to play the notes of "Ave Verum Corpus Bass" on bass for free using our animated scrolling tablature for the easiest way to quickly learn the music. Enjoy playing along with 5 backing tracks which you can control with the track display. Use this tutorial with our tab to learn the song without having to read notes in sheet music.

Uploaded April 30, 2015
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“Ave Verum Corpus” was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart very near the end of his life and shows his full, mature compositional genius. It is a motet, which is a type of choral composition that features independently moving parts. Though very short, it packs a strong emotional punch with its serene beauty.

It was originally composed for choir, strings, and organ. This arrangement is for double bass with piano accompaniment. The bass plays the vocal part instead of the original string part because it is more melodic and important to the overall structure of the piece. The fingerings were chosen to make it very easy to perform, so that less experienced string players can play it. If you are more advanced, feel free to shift when desired in order to avoid open strings and make smoother slurs by avoiding string crosses.

Here is the original Latin text and an English translation:

Ave verum corpus, natum
de Maria Virgine,
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine
cuius latus perforatum
unda fluxit et sanguine
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.

Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death.