Combined Advanced Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Percussion
Te Deum………………………...Franz Joseph Haydn
Te Deum – Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
When Haydn returned to Vienna from London in 1795 his reputation was a celebrated composer of instrumental music. During the decade that followed he was to match that achievement with a remarkable series of vocal works including this Te Deum for Empress Marie Therese. Among his most dedicated admirers during this period was the Empress Marie Therese, wife of Franz I of Austria. Musically gifted, she was particularly fond of singing, and Haydn was a frequent visitor at the imperial palace in Vienna. The first authenticated performance was that directed by Haydn himself at Eisenstadt on September 8, 1800. Haydn composed two settings of the Te Deum; one in the 1760s, and this fine work from the latter period of his life. Both are in the key of C major and make extensive use of trumpets, strings and timpani, much associated with festive ceremony. -- Notes from Denis McCaldin, Lancaster/London, 1990.