Te Deum
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Voicing SATB, organ
Price $3.95 (U.S.)
Released 6/11
Catalog no. 410-935 Difficulty Difficult

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We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
 To thee all Angels cry aloud,
the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.  
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,
the Father, of an infinite majesty, thine adorable, true, and only Son,
also the Holy Ghost the comforter.
Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom,
the kingdom of heaven for all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
 We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
 We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy saints, in glory everlasting.  

--traditional Latin, tr. Book of Common Prayer (1979)

One of the great canticles of the Christian liturgy is presented in a bold and expansive festival setting by David Ashley White. A very active and colorful organ part runs throughout. As befits the text, much of the music is extroverted, but the work ends in a kind of urgent tranquility with its plea of “let me never be confounded.” A quiet organ postlude then brings true repose.


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