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Te Deum and Benedictus, Op 34
First line:
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
composer
1897
author of text
Te Deum: Book of Common Prayer; Benedictus: Luke 1: 68-79

Recordings
'Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works' (CDA67593)
Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works
Details
Canticle 1: Te Deum  We praise thee, O God
Canticle 2: Benedictus  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel

Te Deum and Benedictus, Op 34
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The Te Deum and Benedictus was written for chorus and orchestra for Elgar’s friend G R Sinclair (GRS of the Enigma Variations), organist of Hereford Cathedral, to mark the Hereford Three Choirs Festival in 1897. It was first heard there on 12 September 1897. Here Elgar takes two morning service canticles and treats them as a whole. This was the year of the Imperial March and The Banner of Saint George and Elgar was clearly aiming at a big, popular, setting, revelling in writing for large forces in a big space; the grand festival occasion was already meat and drink to him. The opening motif recurs throughout and in the Benedictus reappears at the words ‘And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest’. Elgar has the Te Deum end serenely, gradually fading away on a long organ (or orchestral) postlude. In the Benedictus Elgar opens with the choir only lightly accompanied, if at all. Later however he signals the Gloria (‘Glory be to the Father …’) with a crash on the cymbals and now returns to the world of the Te Deum with a grand and celebratory treatment of the words.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2007

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Details for CDA67593 track 6
Te Deum
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-07-59306
Duration
12'11
Recording date
14 July 2006
Recording venue
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Summerly
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon & David Hinitt
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  1. Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works (CDA67593)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 2007
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