Zoltán Kodály: Te Deum

Zoltán Kodály Te Deum
Te Deum

Zoltán Kodály: Te Deum

Year of composition:
1936
Scored for:
for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra
Composer:
Zoltán Kodály
Choir:
SATB
Soloists:
soprano; alto; tenor; bass
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, org, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
organ (ad lib.)
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
double bass
Table of contents:
Te Deum (für Soli, gemischten Chor und Orchester)
Duration:
20’
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Work introduction

Although Kodály composed this piece for a specific occasion (the 250th anniversary of the liberation of Buda from Turkish rule), it is a hymn of praise to the Lord, which seems to speak for all mankind. He uses the Latin text of the 4th-century Christian doxology, whereas the score eschews Hungarian folk music, thus giving the Te Deum its universality. It reflects Kodály’s deep religiosity, which he never renounced, even during the years of Stalinist dictatorship.

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Te Deum

Zoltán Kodály: Te Deum

score
for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra , 20’
Instr.: 2 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, org, str

World première

Location:
Budapest
Date:
02.09.1936
Conductor:
Viktor Sugár

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