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Coronation Te Deum

First line:
We praise thee, O God
1911, for the coronation of George V
brass and organ arrangement
author of text
Book of Common Prayer

Along with the revised version of the anthem I was glad, Parry was commissioned to provide a liturgical setting of the Te Deum for the end of the coronation service for King George V. Although, with its sonorous and varied choral scoring, this work undoubtedly conveys that sense of pageantry, ceremony and grandeur, there is great tenderness and solemnity too, and, as in I was glad, Parry’s masterly handling of tonality and choral colour serves to heighten the sense of sublimity and awe. And to this highly moving and inventive canvas, he integrated, with deft artifice, the familiar thematic references of the ancient tunes of ST ANN (‘O God our help in ages past’) and the OLD HUNDREDTH (‘All people that on earth do dwell’), as well as a quotation of the plainsong intonation to the Creed.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2015


Parry: I was glad & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68089Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 9 on CDA68089 [14'42]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68089 track 9

Recording date
23 June 2014
Recording venue
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Parry: I was glad & other choral works (CDA68089)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: September 2015
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