One of the best known setting is a motet (clip below) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, composed a century before Haydn's piece. Well, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the prelude to Charpentier's Te Deum is well known, as it has been used extensively by the European Broadcasting Union as intro music to broadcasts such as the Eurovision Song Contest for many decades, and has been part of several movie soundtracks. As we are now celebrating the Resurrection of Christ during this joyful Season of Easter, I think it's a good time to hear this magnificent musical prayer in its entirety. The Lord is truly risen, allelujah!
|Te Deum laudamus:|
te Dominum confitemur.
Te aeternum Patrem
omnis terra veneratur.Tibi omnes Angeli;
tibi caeli et universae Potestates;
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim
incessabili voce proclamant:
|You O God, we praise:|
You, Lord, we acknowledge to be.
You are the eternal Father.
All the earth venerates you.To you all Angels;
to you the heavens and all the Powers.
To you Cherubim and Seraphim
with unending voice proclaim:
|Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni:|
quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.
|To you therefore we ask you, help your servants:|
whom you have redeemed with your precious blood.
|Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria|
|In eternity with your saints make them in|
glory to be numbered.
|In te, Domine, speravi:|
non confundar in aeternum.
|In you, O Lord, I have trusted:|
may I not be confounded forever