Trinity Te Deum

for mixed choir, trompets, trombones, percussion, harp, and organ

The Trinity Te Deum is a re-imagining in Ešenvalds’ terms of the Anglican tradition of ceremonial music for a grand occasion. It was commissioned for the Installation of Sir Gregory Winter as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, on 2 October 2012. This brief and brilliant hymn of praise opens with flashing fanfares from brass and organ, the choir’s declamation by turns jubilant and hushed before a ‘magical’ organ modulation leads to a contrasting centre. Anchored by an eternal drone, and flecked with harp decoration, this has the air of both a gentle, stately dance and a naive folksong. The tripartite structure of the hymn is respected with a return of the opening material but this is the briefest of reprises (the text is truncated too): three ecstatic shouts of ‘Holy’ and the rejoicing is done.

— from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2015

Photo: Recording sessions for Northern Lights (Hyperion 2015), which took place in January 2014 at Trinity College Chapel and Ely Cathedral. 

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Year
2012
Commissioner
Trinity College Cambridge, for the Installation of Sir Gregory Winter as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
Instrumentation
Choir (SSAATTBB), 3 trompets, 3 trombones, percussion, harp and organ
Lyrics
Anonymous (liturgical), Book of Common Prayer
Language
English
Duration
7 min
Premiere
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and conductor Stephen Layton at the Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge on 2 October 2012
Score
ISMN
979-0-69795-325-3
Recordings
The Choir of Trinity College CambridgeNorthern Lights & other choral works