Jean-Baptiste Faure (1830 -- 1914) was a celebrated
French operatic baritone and an art collector of great
significance. He also composed a number of classical
songs. Faure was born in Moulins. A choirboy in his
youth, he entered the Paris Conservatory in 1851 and
made his operatic debut the following year at the
Opéra-Comique, as Pygmalion in Victor Massé's Galathée.
He remained at the Opéra-Comique for over seven years,
singing baritone roles such as Max in Adolphe Adam's Le
chalet and Michel in Thomas's Le caïd. During this time
he also created the Marquis d'Erigny in Auber's Manon
Lescaut (1856) and Hoël in Meyerbeer's Le pardon de
Ploërmel (1859; later known as Dinorah), among seven
premieres at that house.
O salutaris Hostia (Latin, "O Saving Host"), is a
section of one of the Eucharistic hymns written by St
Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi. He
wrote it for the Hour of Lauds in the Divine Office. It
is actually the last two stanzas of the hymn Verbum
supernum prodiens, and is used for the Adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament. The other two hymns written by
Aquinas for the Feast contain the famous sections Panis
angelicus and Tantum ergo.
Although originally written for Voice (S) and Organ, I
created this arrangement for Viola & Acoustic Piano.