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Te Deum (H 146)

Te Deum (H 146)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier composed his grand polyphonic motet Te Deum (H. 146) in D major probably between 1688 and 1698, during his stay at the Jesuit Church of Saint-Louis in Paris, where he was musical director. This Te Deum  is written for SATB choir, and SSATB Soli or SSTTB Soli for some scores and orchestra.

Their are several scores most of which are compatible with each other, some with some minor differences. Our recording has been prepared using the first authoritative performing edition from the original manuscript prepared by French baroque scholar Lionel Sawkins.

This Te Deum has gained popularity comparatively recently, possibly due to the opening prelude (Rondeau) being adopted as the theme tune that is played before broadcasts by the European Broadcasting Union, most notably the Eurovision Song Contest as well has lesser known broadcasts.

Please scroll down to review our demonstration samples for this work at the foot of this page.


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For the choir :

The nature of this recording allows us to supply all the choir parts in a single package for you to choose the tracks for your requirement.

  • a single voice part highlighted on piano over the orchestral accompaniment for each voice separately. (ie. Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass)
  • all four parts played together on piano, with the orchestral accompaniment
  • orchestral accompaniment with assistance played on the organ
  • orchestral accompaniment with no assistance for voice

For the soloists :

  • For the most part, soloists sing together as a duet, trio or quartet.
  • It should also be noted that scores suggest that the Alto Soloist can be substituted by a Tenor Soloist. For the purpose of our recording we refer to this as Alto Soloist.
  • All soloist parts played individually on a wind instrument, with the orchestra
  • The accompaniment with assistance for all soloist parts together.
  • Duets, trios and quartets with one voice removed. EG an alto soloist can rehearse and hear the other parts that she doesn't sing.
  • Accompaniment without assistance, just as the orchestra plays.

Click the PLAY symbol to listen to samples selected from Charpentier Te Deum Rehearsal Aids.
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Pleni sunt caeli - Choir Soprano
Pleni sunt caeli - Choir Alto
Pleni sunt caeli - Choir Tenor
Pleni sunt caeli - Choir Bass
Pleni sunt caeli - Choir SATB Together
Pleni sunt caeli - Solo Soprano only from 5 bars before entry
Pleni sunt caeli - Solo Alto only from 5 bars before entry
Pleni sunt caeli - Solo Tenor only from 5 bars before entry
Te Deum - Solo Bass (With Assistance
Pleni sunt caeli - Solo SATB Without Soprano from 5 bars before entry
Pleni sunt caeli - Solo SATB Without Alto from 5 bars before entry
Pleni sunt caeli - Solo SATB Without Tenor from 5 bars before entry
Te Deum - Solo Bass Accompaniment
Pleni sunt caeli - Accompaniment with assistance for Choir and Soli
Pleni sunt caeli - Accompaniment (Without Assistance - as the orchestra plays)

  • Prelude (Rondeau)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Bass Solo)
  • Pleni sunt coeli et terra (Chorus and Soprano I; II Alto, Tenor Solo)
  • Te aeternum Patrem (Chorus and Soprano, Alto Tenor Solo)
  • Te per orbem terrarum (Trio, Alto Tenor Bass)
  • Tu devicto mortis aculeo (Chorus)
  • Te ergo quaesumus (Soprano Solo)
  • Aeterna fac sum Sanctis tuis (Chorus)
  • Dignare, Domine (Soprano Bass Duet)
  • Fiat misericodria tua (Soprano I; II Bass or Soprano, Alto,Bass Trio)
  • In te, Domine, speravi (Chorus with Alto, Tenor, Bass Trio)

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