Te Deum for Choir, Organ and Brass

Key Features:

  • Language: Latin or English (at the choice of the conductor)
  • Forces: SATB, Choir, Organ, Opt. Brass Quintet and Percussion
  • Length: Approx. 15 Minutes
  • Number of Movements: 3
  • Performance Options:
    • Keyboard Only – Piano or Organ (playing from vocal score)
    • Organ, Brass Quintet and Percussion – (timp. Sus. Cym., Glock.) 7 players
    • Chamber Orchestra – Flute, Oboe, French Horn, 2 Bb Trumpets, Trombone, Tuba, Harp, Percussion, Strings 14 + players

Te Deum for Choir, Organ, and Brass

Following the success and Carnegie Hall debut of Seven Last Words, Gloria, and MagnificatTe Deum was commissioned by a consortium of 8 choirs for simultaneous nationwide premieres during the 2019-2020 season. A 15-minute work for choir with brass and organ or chamber orchestra, this three-movement work delivers an energetic and poignant reflection on one of the oldest hymns in the Christian tradition.

The composer has set the text in Latin or English, that the music might be used either in concert or worship settings. While it departs in tradition from the Book of Common Prayer translation (which arguably cannot be surpassed), this new poetic English translation reflects the spirit of the text and will resonate with modern day performers and listeners alike.

This work was made possible by the generous support of a consortium comprised of the following choirs:

  • North Central University Chorale – Minneapolis, MNProfessor Larry Bach, Conductor

  • Western Oregon University Concert Choir & Chamber Singers – Monmouth, OR Dr. James Reddan, Director of Choral Activities

  • Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church – San Antonio, TX Dr. Aaron C. Hufty, Associate Pastor of Worship and Music

  • Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School Konzertchor – Sheboygan, WI Matthew Thiel, Music Director

  • Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Choirs – Williamsburg, VA Rebecca Davy, Music Director and Organist

  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Houston, TX Derrick Bready, Director of Traditional Worship

  • Oshkosh Chamber Singers – Oshkosh, WI Herb Berendsen, Conductor

  • University Christian Church Chancel Choir – Fort Worth, TX Rev. Dr. Todd Prickett, Minister of Music

Here’s what people are saying about composer Michael John Trotta:

“fascinating, infectious … effectively carries out the dialogue between the ancient . . . and the modern listener”- Choral Journal

“informs the thoughts and aspirations of the people and the time” – Choral Scholar

“euphonious” – Gramophone

“weaves rich harmonies and memorable melodic lines into delightful tapestries of sound”– Stage and Cinema

“elegant, singable music with a strong spiritual heft” – Choir and Organ

LatinPoetic translation by composer
Te Deum laudámus: te Dominum confitémur.
Te ætérnum Patrem omnis terra venerátur.Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi cæli et univérsae potestátes.
Tibi Chérubim et Séraphim incessábili voce proclámant:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra majestátis glóriæ tuæ.Te gloriósus Apostolórum chorus;
Te Prophetárum laudábilis númerus;
Te Mártyrum candidátus laudat exércitus.
Te per orbem terrárum sancta confitétur Ecclésia:Patrem imménsæ majestátis;
Venerándum tuum verum et únicum Fílium;
Sanctum quoque Paráclitum Spíritum.Tu Rex glóriæ, Christe.
Tu Patris sempitérnus es Fílius.

Tu ad liberándum susceptúrus hóminem, non horruísti Vírginis úterum.
Tu, devícto mortis acúleo, aperuísti credéntibus regna cælórum.
Tu ad déxteram Dei sedes, in glória Patris.
Judex créderis esse ventúrus.

Te ergo quǽsumus, tuis fámulis súbveni, quos pretióso sánguine redemísti.
Ætérna fac cum sanctis tuis in glória numerári.

[added later, mainly from Psalm verses:] Salvum fac pópulum tuum, Dómine, et bénedic hæreditáti tuæ.
Et rege eos, et extólle illos usque in ætérnum.

Per síngulos dies benedícimus te.
Et laudámus nomen tuum in sǽculum, et in sǽculum sǽculi.
Dignáre, Dómine, die isto sine peccáto nos custodíre.

Miserére nostri, Dómine, miserére nostri.
Fiat misericórdia tua, Dómine, super nos,

quemádmodum sperávimus in te.

In te, Dómine, sperávi: non confúndar in ætérnum.

We praise you, we praise you, acknowledge you, O Lord God
Everlasting, God the Father, all the earth adores you.To you all of the angels; to you all of the heavens and all powers,
To you Cherubim and Seraphim now proclaim with their voices singing:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Heav’nly hosts.
Full are the heavens and earth of your most glorious holy splendor.The glorious choir of the Apostles praise you;
The holy prophets and saints do praise you;
The martyrs come in their white-robed army to praise your name;
Over all of the earth the holy church gives praise to your holy name;
Father of infinite holy splendor;
And they praise your only son,   one true holy, only son, one true and most holy song of God;
With the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete and Advocate, we praise you, everlasting.King of glory, O Christ.The son of the eternal father.

You who have freed us by becoming human, Did not abhor the Virgin’s holy womb,

You, have conquered death entirely, And you have opened the kingdom, to all the believers.

At the right hand of God you are seated, in glory with God the Father.
We believe you will come to bring justice.

Therefore we beseech you to come to aid  your servants, who by your blood most precious have been redeemed.

Allow them to be counted with your saints in glory everlasting.

[added later, mainly from Psalm verses:] God save your people, save your people, and bless your inheritance.

And rule them, and extol them, ever for eternity.

For every day, we bless you, we sing praise to you.

And we praise your most holy name for evermore, and for ever and evermore.

O Grant us, Lord, God,  grant us, this day to keep us without sin, keep us without sin.

Have mercy on us, mercy, O Lord, have mercy on us, mercy, O Lord,

Let thy most holy mercy Lord, thy mercy be on us, mercy be on us.

As we have trusted in you, O Lord, God most high!

In you, Lord God, I have trusted: let me never be confounded.

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