Berlioz Te Deum Vocal Score
The Te Deum (Op. 22 / H.118) by Hector Berlioz (1803–1869) was completed in 1849. It, like the earlier and more famous Grande Messe des Morts, is one of Berlioz's "architectural" works. Whilst the orchestral forces required for the Te Deum are by no means as titanic as those needed for the Requiem, the work does call for an organ which can compete on equal terms with the rest of the orchestra. It lasts approximately fifty minutes and derives its text from the traditional Latin Te Deum, although Berlioz made some changes to word order for dramatic purposes. The Te Deum was originally conceived as the climax of a grand symphony in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte; this is most likely the reason for the Prelude beforehand, and is almost certainly the rationale behind the "March for the Presentation of the Colours" that ends the work. Charles Gounod made similar additions to his "Messe Solennelle", inserting three patriotic prayers at the end. In modern performances, Berlioz's two orchestral framing movements are usually omitted. If you wish to buy Berlioz's Te Deum, please click Vocal Scores and then FILTER BY COMPOSER, or see below for more.
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