Te Deum Today

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Midge Woolsey presents an hour of choral music spanning the centuries. This week, settings of the Te Deum from the 16th to the 21st century.

Our program traces the history of this early Christian hymn of praise, whose title is taken its opening Latin words, rendered literally as "Thee, O God, we praise." We dip into versions by John Sheppard, Haydn, Berlioz, Walton, and Karl Jenkins. Performers include Stile Antico, the English Baroque Soloists and Voices of Ascension.

Comments [1]

Michael Meltzer

This is a repeat of a comment I posted on Oct.17, if I may:
The "Te Deum" was not only Anglican church music, but had broad ceremonial application. In England and most of Europe, where separation of church & state was and is usually a non-issue, the "Te Deum" was always considered a fitting and proper opening or dedication for any affair of state.
In 1892, during his U.S. visit, Dvorak was commissioned to write a work opening a joint session of Congress. He naturally wrote and submitted his now famous "Te Deum" and it was refused. Dvorak was furious, and dashed off a piece of junk called "The American Flag" in about two weeks, which was the piece finally performed.

Nov. 07 2010 07:08 AM

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