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FESTIVAL TE DEUM

FESTIVAL TE DEUM

Pender's #: 24331461

$2.95  
Arranger NEW EDITION
Composer BRITTEN, BENJAMIN
Voicing/Instrument SATB SACRED W/ORGAN
Publisher BOOSEY & HAWKES
Publisher Item48021233
Britten's second setting of the Te Deum is completely different from the C major one he wrote eleven years earlier. The structure of the piece is also different from the earlier work. A lengthy first section in unison which, while carefully notated in a variety of time signatures so that it feels as if it has the freedom of Gregorian chant, is accompanied by static organ chords in a regular 3/4 metre. While the organ chords continue, the choir breaks up into simple imitative phrases at 'The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee' but soon returns to the unison lines of the opening. The central section ('Thou art the King of Glory, O Chris't) has fanfare-like phrases from the choir interspersed by short dramatic outbursts from the organ which then subside into a rhythmic piano section with an important ostinato pedal part for the organ. These two ideas are then mixed together before the opening organ chords return and a treble/soprano soloist sings a lovely line. The choir joins and takes the canticle to its gentle conclusion with the soloist having the last word. This setting is more straightforward than the earlier one. It does, however, have rhythmic issues which have to be mastered fully to do it justice. Britten has thoughtfully annotated the vocal rhythm throughout the organ part for safety.
 

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