Pange Lingua

Document Type

Musical Score

Publication Date

Spring 5-26-2023

Publication Title

Pange Lingua



Publisher Name


Publisher Location

Loyola University Chicago


The Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies in South America in 1767, leaving behind a remarkable musical legacy that was buried for over two hundred years. But the music did not disappear completely. Thanks to the Chiquitos people of Bolivia, the music was played and preserved throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 1985, Swiss architect Hans Roth discovered 9,000 of these musical manuscripts and in 1990 UNESCO declared the churches of the Chiquitos a “patrimony of humanity”. Dr. Gustavo Leone of Loyola University Chicago's Department of Fine and Performing Arts has painstakingly retrieved and restored several of these incredible manuscripts, preserving a rare and invaluable treasure of the Jesuit and Catholic heritage.

This is the first publication of this anonymous composition, collected at the Music Archives of the Chiquitos, in Concepción, Bolivia. This composition is anonymous and belongs to the post Jesuit period. Pange Lingua is scored for SATB choir, violin 1, violin 2, and continuo.

Funded in part by a faculty research grant from the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago.


Music of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos


This score is accompanied by the instrumental parts for performance.

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