Elfen Lied – Lilium

Elfen Lied was the first anime I really got into. Granted, it’s only 13 episodes, gory as can be, and really not recommendable to 15-year-olds, which is how old I was when I first watched it.

The opening to the anime remains one of my all-time favorite songs from any anime series. Composed by Kumiko Noma (小黒久美子) and arranged by yours truly.

Lilium sheet music

Lyrics

(With thanks to AnimeLyrics.com)

Os iusti meditabitur sapientiam,
Et lingua eius loquetur indicium.

Beatus vir qui suffert tentationem,
Quoniqm cum probates fuerit accipient coronam vitae.

Kyrie, fons bonitatis.
Kyrie, ignis divine, eleison.

O quam sancta, quam serena,
Quam benigma, quam amoena esse Virgo creditur.
O quam sancta, quam serena,
Quam benigma, quam amoena,
O castitatis lilium.

Kyrie, fons bonitatis.
Kyrie, ignis divine, eleison.

O quam sancta, quam serena,
Quam benigma, quam amoena,
O castitatis lilium.

21 thoughts on “Elfen Lied – Lilium

  1. Could you maybe post one like this but with the lyrics? It’s really hard learning to sing this song by just listening to it constantly.

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    1. I don’t want to offend this cool song but I don’t like the lyrics. You could also sing Lorem ipsum to that melody and it wouldn’t be a big difference. The lyrics are just random bible texts without any relation to each other. The way how the latin words are stressed in this song has nothing to do with there genuine stressing.

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  2. I have gone to Virtualpiano.com and played it, and searched up it on youtube and I know some, about a minute of it, I’d like to learn the bit harder version, currently I only know the easy version v…v

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  3. Hi, I was trying to find a sheet of this song for Saxophone alto. I kinda wanted to try and translate it, but wow seems pretty harsh! If anyone could help me out, it would be GREATLY appreciated!
    Thank you so much in advance! 😉

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  4. I was wondering if you have or can make a music sheet for Soprano and Alto 1&2 voices. My choir is going to a competition in the spring and I wanted to see if my teacher/director could let us sing this.
    The only thing I can find close is the Saint version but we’re a women’s choir and I wouldn’t want to bring things up almost an octive or two.

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  5. Hello I am looking for a music boa that can play this full song, well the notes at least. Do u know of any music boxes that can play the full song. And how many notes are in this song or in the pictures above.

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  6. Nice work, especially the section starting at the bottom of page 2. (Some of the harmony is a bit strange though.)

    I would like to point out that it is composed by Kondou Yukio and Konishi Kayo (近藤由紀夫, 小西香葉). Noma Kumiko (野間久美子) is the vocalist in the original version. Kondou and Konishi also did a self-cover version as MOKA☆.

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    1. Hey, thanks for the feedback! Any specific notes on the harmonies?

      And good to know the actual composers, thanks. My Japanese is a bit rusty (non-existent), so researching that was a bit hard.

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      1. Thanks for replying!

        Please allow my opinion on some bits of it then; I only have a basic level of music education so please correct me if anything I say does not make sense:

        bar11: D# and B# at 2nd beat. I would also be tempted to make the bass line B, B#, C# for beats 1,2,3 for better voice leading.

        bar27: bass note F# then E (each in fifths, similar to bar23 but with bar27’s rhythm).

        bar32: bass note B (like a 7th interval at the bottom), F#, G#.
        bar33: bass note B. (just a suggestion of a detail: maybe B + F# together then the F# moves up to G#, A in beat 2.5 and 3, while holding the bottom B).

        I am probably a lot biased towards the original arrangement, and anything significantly different alerts me.

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