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The Edinburgh Te Deum
First line:
Te Deum laudamus
1978; SSAATB and organ; dedicated to Father Aidan Nichols; first performed in Westminster Cathedral in November 2011
author of text
Hymn to the Trinity

'MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories & other choral works' (CDA67970)
MacMillan: Tenebrae Responsories & other choral works
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The Edinburgh Te Deum
The Edinburgh Te Deum was written in 1978 when MacMillan was an undergraduate at Edinburgh University and studying with Kenneth Leighton. He had formed a Schola (choir) for the Catholic Chaplaincy in the city at the invitation of Father Aidan Nichols OP, later to become one of the major Catholic writers in theology and liturgy. The Te Deum is dedicated to Father Nichols; never performed at the time, it was finally given its premiere in Westminster Cathedral in November 2011. The Te Deum is a large-scale setting intended for liturgical use. The whole of the first section is given to trebles (or sopranos), the cries of ‘Sanctus’ are given dramatic block chords punctuated by the organ. Here are the embryonic choral outbursts which we noted in the Tenebrae Responsories and Seven Last Words from the Cross. The ‘Tu, rex gloriae’ brings further drama before a slow bass solo for ‘Te ergo quaesumus’ leads into the gentle final section and a quiet ending.

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2013

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