Te Deum

Voicing: SATB

Composer: Michael John Trotta


  • Language: Latin or English (at the choice of the conductor)
  • Forces: SATB, Choir, Organ, Opt. Brass Quintet and Percussion
  • Length: Approx. 15 Minutes
  • Number of Movements: 3
  • Performance Options:
    • Keyboard Only – Piano or Organ (playing from vocal score)
    • Organ, Brass Quintet and Percussion – (timp. Sus. Cym., Glock.) 7 players
    • Chamber Orchestra – Flute, Oboe, French Horn, 2 Bb Trumpets, Trombone, Tuba, Harp, Percussion, Strings 14 + players

Following the success and Carnegie Hall debut of Seven Last Words, Gloria, and MagnificatTe Deum was commissioned by a consortium of 8 choirs for simultaneous nationwide premieres during the 2019-2020 season. A 15-minute work for choir with brass and organ or chamber orchestra, this three-movement work delivers an energetic and poignant reflection on one of the oldest hymns in the Christian tradition.

The composer has set the text in Latin or English, that the music might be used either in concert or worship settings. While it departs in tradition from the Book of Common Prayer translation (which arguably cannot be surpassed), this new poetic English translation reflects the spirit of the text and will resonate with modern day performers and listeners alike.