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Benjamin Britten: Festival Te Deum



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Voicing:      SATB
Format:      Sheet Music
Composer:      Benjamin Britten
Music Category:       Choral
Dimensions:      10.50 X 6.75, 24 pages
Item Code:      48021233

Text: Book of Common Prayer: liturgy of Morning Prayer Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Difficulty level: 2-3 Britten's second setting of the Te Deum is completely different from the C major one he wrote eleven years earlier. It was composed for the centenary Festival of St. Mark's Church in Swindon - an Anglo-Catholic church with a strong choral tradition which continues to this day. 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. It is a really imaginative approach, and is actually very simple to perform. 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) h

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