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TE DEUM GUARANI


Ennio Morricone wrote this setting of Te Deum Laudamus for the 1986 film The Mission, in which 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe from the danger of slavery under Portuguese rule. The clip to the right shows the piece in the context of the film - and includes an English translation of the words - but the soundtrack music is more clearly heard using this link.

Morricone's arrangement is edited down to a single verse in the film, but other published performances include two verses drawn from the much longer traditional text of the Te Deum. Try these, by choirs from the University of Cordoba, Spain, and from Caxias do Sul, Brazil.

This performance by an unidentified Italian choir uses numerous repeats and a prominent soprano voice to turn Morricone's arrangement into a longer and rather more conventional-sounding piece of sacred choral music.