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Te Deum in F

First line:
We praise Thee, O God
author of text
Book of Common Prayer

John Ireland, by conviction an Anglo-Catholic, spent over thirty years in the world of church music, twenty-two of them at St Luke’s, Chelsea, a church which enjoyed a healthy musical tradition and which encouraged him to contribute to music for the Anglican liturgy. The Te Deum in F, composed in 1907, reveals Ireland’s indebtedness to the late nineteenth-century diatonic style of Stanford, Charles Wood and Bairstow, all of whom were active contributors to the Anglican repertoire at the time. The structure of Ireland’s canticle for Matins reveals some compelling connections with Stanford’s setting in B flat (a work firmly established in the repertoire at St Luke’s). The choice of tonal departures may be simpler than Stanford’s, but many of the crucial textual demarcations correspond, including the reprise of the tonic key (at ‘Day by day: we magnify Thee’) and the coda material that follows. Ireland’s use of a broad, memorable theme at the opening has much in common with Stanford’s interpretation. However, for the central portion of the work, Ireland elected to couch almost the entire text in a more plangent D minor (in marked contrast to Stanford whose internal ternary structure is based on a strident trumpet fanfare). This predilection for lyrical contrast, stirred in this instance by contemplation of man’s frailty and redemption (‘When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man’), could be attributed to Ireland’s more meditative character.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2017


Finzi, Bax & Ireland: Choral Music
Studio Master: CDA68167Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Lest we forget
Studio Master: SIGCD562Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 11 on CDA68167 [7'29]
Track 13 on SIGCD562 [7'11] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA68167 track 11

Recording date
26 February 2016
Recording venue
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Finzi, Bax & Ireland: Choral Music (CDA68167)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: February 2017
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