13 thoughts on “Te Deum Laudamus

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    • When God sends an instrument to slay three dragons (two colluding political parties and a colluding, lying press), a Te Deum, is in order, and it ought to be a good one, like Papa Haydn’s.

      • Well, he -is- a bit like Samson. Has had his problems with women but he slew his enemies with the jawbone of an ass (which in his case remained in his head).

  3. I’ve sung lots of settings of the Te Deum. (Musicians often call it the Tedium, because it is the longest of the liturgical canticles.) I never sang one I didn’t like. But my favorite by far is Purcell’s setting in D. There are lots of reasons – not least that, as a countertenor, I found the many alto airs and duets of the piece among the most pleasant, beautiful and moving music I have ever sung. But the most important reason is that the first two pages are among the most thrilling incipits in all music, right up there with Beethoven’s Fifth and Handel’s Zadok the Priest (from the Coronation Anthems).

    The performance by the young choristers of the Clare College Choir is the best overall I have found on the net. It is distinguished by the right sort of sprightly tempi, by a fittingly small and expert ensemble of period instruments, by extremely skillful singing of the purest tone and immaculate intonation (as one of course expects from a British college choir). The young women of the choir come as close as can be to the sublime purity of the boys for whose voices Purcell wrote the treble lines.

    Not the least thing recommending the Clare College Choir is the wondrous beauty of the young singers (except for the first countertenor, who compensates with his gorgeous instrument).

  4. Professor, I’ve been thinking the title all day. Of course, we should ever do so, but today, well, today, it is more emphasized in my mind. Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam.

  5. In a bit late, but I’m partial to Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum. I know strictly speaking it’s not a true Te Deum, but as a celebration of both divine and earthly martial victory, I know of no parallel.

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