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    • Order numbers: AM 108-010
      Hal Leonard # 4000266
    • Instrumentation: wind orchestra (Vocal solo & Choir ad lib.)
    • Duration: 5'15
    • Grade: 4
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Te Deum

(from the opera Tosca, Finale 1st act)
Giacomo Puccini/Arr. Johan de Meij
Puccini in his home in Torre di Lago
Recorded on CD Amstel Classics 2010-01

Normally, a church is a place for silence, prayer and meditation. The contrary is true in Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca: He turns the Roman basilica Sant’ Andrea della Valle into a playground for hiding rebels, jealous lovers, sanctimonious fresco painters and invading police officers.

Church bells are tolling. Intermittently, from the castle of Sant’ Angelo comes the boom of the cannon. The choir boys and acolytes falsely believe that Napoleon has been defeated. They are there to sing a thankful Te Deum, when Baron Scarpia, the infamous chief of the Roman secret police, arrives with some of his men in search of Angelotti, an escaped prisoner. The painter Cavaradossi, Tosca’s lover, has helped the prisoner hide in the chapel. Scarpia soliloquizes vindictively: he exults in his power to send Cavaradossi to execution, while he will bring Tosca into his own arms. For her, he exclaims, he would renounce his hopes of heaven ("Va, Tosca! Nel tuo cuor s’annida Scarpia" - Go, Tosca! There is room in your heart for Scarpia). He then kneels and fervently joins in the "Te Deum."

Anthony Fiumara