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Te Deum

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My Te Deum was commissioned by The Clerks in 2004 (with funds provided by the RVW trust) to provide a coda to their innovative staging of the 12th Century Play of Daniel. The piece brings together the performing forces of Edward Wickham’s edition of the drama—a plainchant choir who sing the Te Deum chant in octaves (in Latin), and a consort of five solo voices who weave an ornate tapestry around them in English. The chant is in even notes throughout, which gives the piece a ritualistic unrelenting quality as the singers breathlessly wind their way through the long-limbed text. The unchanging modality and repeated melodic formulae of the chant are frequently subverted by odd harmonic sidesteps and at the last moment, after much minor key harmony, the piece moves triumphantly into A major.

from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2008


Don't talk - just listen!
SIGCD174Download only


Track 32 on SIGCD174 [9'39] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD174 track 32

Recording date
9 January 2009
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Don't talk - just listen! (SIGCD174)
    Disc 1 Track 32
    Release date: September 2009
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