For wind ensembles and concertos, please use one player per part. For symphonies and concert pieces, more players may be used as desired. David’s full statement.
Laudamus Te was written for and dedicated to the Mount St. Charles Academy Symphonic Band (Woonsocket, RI), Marc Blanchette, director.
The commission was supported by a grant from the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program, a federally-funded program providing grants to outstanding teachers to enable and encourage them to continue their education, develop innovative programs, consult with or assist local education agencies, and engage in other educational activities that will enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers and the education of elementary and/or secondary students. The fellowships honor the late Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who served as an astronaut on the Challenger Space Shuttle in January 1986.
The words “laudamus te” (we praise you) are from the Gloria of the Latin Mass. The idea has been brought forward by many over time (St. Francis and St. Ignatius Loyola are two) that the true function of the human race is to sing praise. Anyone who has reflected at all on the miracle of the universe – the enormity of it, the essential mystery of it, the paradoxes bound up in it – has no choice but to be astounded. The thought instantly lifts one beyond the rounds of daily life and into the words and music of praise.
Living has in it not only epiphany and joy, but depression, darkness, and awareness of death. Awareness of death reveals how tenuous life is, and through this how miraculous and precious it is. Dark, seemingly negative awarenesses are not only not reasons for denial or nihilism, but offer the possibility, even the necessity, of singing praise through darkness. Laudamus Te/em> is such a piece; in this music the voice of praise arises out of Darkness.