Written for St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, at the request of H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. JUBILATE DEO. For Mixed Choir (SATB) and Organ. Benjamin Britten . Jubilate Deo in C major for choir (SATB) and organ (February , Britten aged 47). Dedication Written for St George’s Chapel, Windsor, at the. Sheet Music – £ – Britten’s Jubilate is written for SATB choir and Organ accompaniment. Benjamin Britten’s birthday (22nd November , Lowestoft) falls.

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Jubilate Deo, for chorus & organ in C major

Although Benjamin Britten composed his choral work Jubilate Deo relatively late in his career in — well after he had become internationally famous for his brooding, angst-ridden operas — the work recalls a much earlier, brighter style.

In fact, this is no accident; Britten composed the work as a kind of companion piece or addendum britteen one of his earliest choral compositions, the Te Deum from Both works are scored in the key of C. Additionally, like the earlier work, Jubilate Deo calls for an SATB choir brutten organ accompaniment though without the optional trumpet given in the Te Deum score. Also, Jubilate Deo assumes an overall dramatic contour similar in shape to but substantially shortened in length compared to that of Te Deum.


As a devotional work birtten for church performance it was premiered in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Edinburgh, Englandthe work features a distinctively intuitive harmonic language that nonetheless serves to illuminate rather than overshadow.

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It also exhibits Britten ‘s characteristically acute sensibility toward the clarity of the sung text, which in this case comes from Psalm rendered in English translation. In Jubilate Deo takes somewhat greater license in shaping his phrases according to the accentuation of the words, sometimes emphasizing a particularly ardent melismatic flourish by playing it on a short or weak feo.

The intended attitude of the text — one of religious joy — also lends the work an ardent energy, deploying the words in long unbroken melodies rather than the languorous polyphonies that draw out Te Deum’s middle section. This is not to say, however, jubilage Jubilate Deo is found lacking in contrasts. The bright opening section, as well as the brilliant “amen” with which the work closes, bookends a generally energetic piece with articulate declamation that nonetheless pauses at certain points for reflection — as in the rich, resonant harmonies that stretch out words like “everlasting” and “endureth.


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