Te Deum

From Wind Repertory Project
Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (tr. Johan de Meij)

General Info

Year: 1900 / 2010
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Church Organ
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cannon Shot (on synthesizer)
  • Church Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Te Deum is from the finale of Act 1 of Puccini's opera Tosca. Usually, a church is a place for silence, prayer, and meditation. In Tosca, Puccini turns the Roman Basilica of St. Andrea della Valle into a playground for hiding rebels, jealous lovers, sanctimonious fresco painters, and invading police officers. Church bells are tolling. Intermittently, from the Ccastle St. Angelo comes the boom of cannons. The choirboys and acolytes falsely believe that Napoleon has been defeated. They are there to sing a thankful Te Deum, when Baron Scarpia, the infamous chief of the Roman secret police, arrives with some of his men in search of Angelotti, an escaped prisoner. The painter Cavaradossi, Tosca’s lover, has helped the prisoner hide in the chapel. Scarpia exults in his power to send Cavaradossi to execution, while he will bring Tosca into his own arms. For her, he exclaims, he would renounce the hopes of heaven. He then kneels and fervently joins in the Te Deum.

-Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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