This setting of the Te Deum conveys the powerful and dramatic nature of this ancient prayer. There are moments of great intensity as well as profound intimacy and the combination of strings, brass, organ and percussion creates a lush and varied dynamic palate. The choral writing is powerful – at times energetic and declamatory and at other times quietly beautiful and reflective. The writing for solo soprano and tenor makes for sections of real contrast and contemplation. The musical style is of the 21st century but firmly rooted in the past with English overtones of Handel and Purcell.
The Te Deum was commissioned by the Lancaster Chorale and Lancaster Festival, Ohio.