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Te Deum 'Utrecht', HWV278
written for the Peace of Utrecht, 7 July 1713
author of text
Book of Common Prayer

'Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's' (CDH55359)
Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's
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Movement 01: We praise thee, O God
Movement 02: To thee all angels cry aloud
Movement 03: To thee Cherubin and Seraphin
Movement 04: The glorious company of the apostles
Movement 05: When thou took'st upon thee
Movement 06: We believe that thou shalt come
Movement 07: Day by day we magnify thee
Movement 08: And we worship thy name
Movement 09: Vouchsafe, O Lord
Movement 10: O Lord, in thee have I trusted

Te Deum 'Utrecht', HWV278
In the years after its opening, St Paul’s was regularly used for the celebrations of Marlborough’s military victories over the French. Purcell’s Te Deum and Jubilate continued to be performed, but in 1709 William Croft wrote a more up-to-date setting for a thanksgiving service after the Battle of Malplaquet (recorded on Helios CDH55252), with an orchestra of two oboes, two trumpets and strings, and a larger, more expansive structure, with a greater emphasis on fully developed separate movements. Handel seems to have taken Croft’s work as the immediate model for the Te Deum and Jubilate he wrote for the Peace of Utrecht in 1713, though it is likely that he also knew the Purcell Te Deum. The Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate was first heard at a public rehearsal in the cathedral on 5 March 1713, when a newspaper reported that ‘many Persons of Quality of both Sexes’ attended, and that the music was ‘much commended by all that have heard the same, and are competent Judges therein’. The peace negotiations dragged on, and the thanksgiving eventually took place on 7 July.

The Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate was a turning point in Handel’s career, as it was for English church music. It was the first major piece of religious music Handel wrote to English words, and it is the earliest choral work by him that remained in the repertory: it was performed in St Paul’s during the annual Festival of the Sons of the Clergy every other year (alternating with the Purcell Te Deum) until 1743, when it was replaced by Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum. Although it needs only one more instrument than the Croft setting—a solo flute—it is more spacious in its conception and more varied in its material. Indeed, it is particularly attractive because it is so varied: it ranges through F sharp minor, A minor, F major, D minor, C major and G minor as well as the expected ceremonial D major, and a surprising amount of it explores introspective areas of feeling. The Jubilate is a much shorter text than the Te Deum, so it allowed Handel to expand the size of his movements, and to demand more virtuosity from his vocal and instrumental soloists. He reworked the Jubilate in about 1717/18 for the much smaller forces available in the Duke of Chandos’s chapel at Cannons near Edgware in Middlesex.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1998

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Details for CDH55359 track 4
The glorious company of the apostles
Recording date
17 October 1997
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's (CDA67009)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 1998
    Deletion date: June 2008
    Superseded by CDH55359
  2. Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's (CDH55359)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: July 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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