Title: Te Lucis Ante Terminum                                             $1.60
Performance requirements: SATB chorus, divisi
Composer: Ben J. Legett
Text: from the Roman Breviary, 7th c. (in Latin)
Length: 3’15”
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Ranges: sop c1-f2, alto g-d2, tenor c-d1, bass E flat- d1
Usage:  Compline hymn, evening service, concert


Rehearsal Guide: This text is the grown-up version of “Now I lay me down to sleep”, a
prayer that asks God to protect us from bad dreams and nightly fears.  Musically, it hints of
the drowsiness to come and the fantasies we fear.  It is not an easy piece and requires
singers who can hold their own in clusters and other dissonant traffic, but it is well worth
the effort.  The sopranos and altos see considerable divisi, the men somewhat less.  (The
rather extreme ranges given for the piece reflect the divisi passages.)

The key to teaching this piece is working out in advance which singers will cover which
notes in the divisi sections.  If you have numbered your singers from highest to lowest (or
vice versa), is will be easy to keep things balanced by assigning singers 1 though 5 to the
top note, 6 through 11 to the middle note, etc.  Then rehearse each part of the divisi to
make sure your singers are clear on their assignments.  Don’t assume they know what to
sing.  
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