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Te Deum Prelude (Charpentier)

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (arr. Philip Sparke)

General Info

Year: 1688-1698 / 2001
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Vocal soloists, choir and instrumental ensemble
Publisher: Anglo Music, distributed de haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €59.99   |   Score Only (print) - $16.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Tenor Part
Bass Part
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Marc-Antoine Charpentier composed his grand polyphonic motet Te Deum (H. 146) in D major probably between 1688 and 1698, during his stay at the Jesuit Church of Saint-Louis in Paris, where he held the position of musical director. The work is written for the group of soloists, choir, and instrumental accompaniment.

Charpentier authored six Te Deum settings, although only four of them have survived. It is thought that the composition was performed to mark the victory celebrations and the Battle of Steinkirk in August, 1692.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

After the work's rediscovery in 1953 by the musicologist Carl de Nys, the instrumental prelude, Marche en rondeau, was chosen in 1954 as the theme music preceding the broadcasts of the European Broadcasting Union. After over sixty years of use the prelude, as arranged by Guy Lambert and directed by Louis Martini, has become Charpentier's best-known work.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Georgia: I
  • West Virginia: II


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Charleston (S.C.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John Christian, conductor) - 27 October 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) - 27 April 2017

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