Te Deum in C

Richard Popplewell

  Cat. 0058    

  Genre: Te Deum in C  
  Liturgical Use: Mattins  
  Vocal Disposition: SATB + organ

  Price: £3.00  

Born in Halifax, Richard Popplewell was a chorister at King’s College Cambridge where he received his first organ lessons from the then organ scholar David Willcocks. After leaving Clifton College (where he followed in the foot steps of both Boris Ord and David Willcocks) he returned to King’s College as organ scholar. He continued his studies under Sir John Dykes Bower at the Royal College of Music and was appointed assistant organist at St Paul's Cathedral. He succeeded Dr Harold Darke as Director of Music at St Michael's Cornhill where he served from 1966 to 1979. He was Organist, Accompanist and Deputy Conductor to the Bach Choir. In 1979 he was succeeded Timothy Farrell as Organist, Choirmaster and Composer at HM Chapel Royal and was appointed FRCM in 1982 and MVO in 1990.

Richard Popplewell retired from the Chapel Royal and his post of Professor of Organ Studies at the Royal College in 2000.

The Te Deum in C was written as a valedictory offering to the Clergy and Musicians of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal to mark the retirement of the composer after a period of over 21 years service.


We praise thee O God: we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee: the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim, and Seraphim: continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty: of thy Glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles: praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets: praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs: praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee;
The Father: of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true: and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory: O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son: of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man: thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death: thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God: in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come: to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants: whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints: in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people: and bless thine heritage.
Govern them: and lift them up for ever.
Day by day: we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name: ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord: to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us: have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us: as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.

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