Te Deum

Title, Duration, Place, Year, Publisher, Dedicated to, Premiere (performer(s), place, date)

TE DEUM (other version for orchestra : Hymne de l'Univers), 10', Chatou, 1997, U.M.P., à Wolfgang Sieber, Wolfgang Sieber, Hofkirche, Luzern, 12.09.97


"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen."

The Book of Revelation 7, 9-12


This Gregorian paraphrase responds to the above quotation from the Revelation to Saint John. Even though the work is in one single movement, one can distinguish the great lines of the hymn text: 1. Te Deum: fanfare, 2. Te aternum Patrem: litanies articulated by the Sanctus acclamations, 3. Tu Rex gloria: irregular rhythms above a pulsed pedal, 4. Te ergo: a calm episode with a canon in the pedal, 5. Per singulos: varied recapitulations of the opening fanfare, 6. In te, Domine, speravi: toccata on a pedal-group.

Naji Hakim : Te Deum for organ, page 1, excerpt from the autograph manuscript