Dan Forrest has beautifully brought to life the ancient text of Te Deum in a way that has never been done before. Taking on a project like Te Deum is no small task. Some of the greatest composers in music history have composed settings of Te Deum, and Dan Forrest has risen to that same challenge and produced a work of art that will last for years to come.

From Ancient to Modern

With a text that some scholars believe may date back as far as the 4th century, the accompanying music must do the text justice – and in Dan Forrest’s composition, it most certainly does. The music combines the sounds and styles of ancient music, tonal music, and modern music – in tribute to the long history of Te Deum and the lasting impression that it has made. Dan Forrest also takes many opportunities throughout the piece to use text painting within the music. Some of these instances may stick out obviously to listeners, while others may not be noticed at all. In his composer notes at the beginning of the score, Dan Forrest mentions using musical ideas to point back to the key relationships between members of the Trinity. Each instance invokes thoughtfulness in listeners and performers alike.

Dan Forrest’s Unique Adaption

Since the birth of the text, it has been set to music. Music is a unique thing that inspires us and gives us feelings of hope in our times of desolation. Te Deum is the perfect example of the attitude we should have when we lift our voices in praise to our Creator. Originally set to chant, the evolution of Te Deum over the years has caused it to earn a special place in people’s hearts. And with Dan Forrest’s adaptation of this beautiful piece, it will continue to speak to hearts for generations to come.