Op.58a - St John’s Edinburgh Service - Te Deum in C [SSATBarB/SATB & Organ]

Year of composition
Ambrose of Milan
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
8 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

This setting of the Te Deum matches the Jubilate Deo premiered by St John’s, Princes Street, Edinburgh during the 2011 Edinburgh Festival. Like the Jubliate, it too is based on the motif C-D-F#-G. It is quite tricky, but I have enjoyed writing it. Together the canticles form the "St John’s Edinburgh Service".

From the title page of the score: It is the intention of the composer that each performance should be individual: to that extent, it is expected that the Baritone soloist will improvise around the notes given in his part, mostly in the style of what is popularly known as Byzantine chant. It is also expected that the organist will improvise around the quieter sections, using a solo stop (i.e. clarinet or 8ft with soft mutation) to weave around the harmony being sung in the choir. Discretion is advised. If resources and numbers of singers allow, it would be beneficial to the overall performance for the solo singers to be placed far away and out of sight.

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