Pedro Camacho | Te Deum
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Te Deum
year: 2019

Te Deum composed by Pedro Macedo Camacho
Dedicated to my children João and Sara Camacho.
Video by VINCO
Conducted by Francisco Loreto
Orquestra Clássica da Madeira (Madeira Classical Orchestra)
Côro de Câmara da Madeira (Madeira Chamber Choir)
Te Deum Painting by Andreas Rocha.

This work was written to everyone in my city, in my island, in my country and in the world.
Thank you so much to all friends in the choir that took so much time to rehearse this in such a short time, I know it was hard and I hope it was worth it! To the maestro Francisco Loreto, the orchestra and the choir for creating such a passionate interpretation of this work.
I bow to all of you in gratitude.

Work commissioned by Dr.ª Teresa Freitas Brazão.
Special thanks to:
Dr. Eduardo Jesus, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Culture (Madeira)
Eng.ª Paula Cabaço, former Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Culture (Madeira)
Dr.ª Maria Da Paz Rodrigues, Dr. Francisco António Clode Sousa
Andreas Rocha for the awesome painting.
Family and all colleagues in Madeira regional cultural department and so many others that are part of the Madeira Culture Scene that have supported me and believed in me through so many years. This work was written to everyone in my city, in my island, in my country and in the world.

Thank you so much to all friends in the choir that took so much time to rehearse this in such a short time, I know it was hard and I hope it was worth it! To the maestro Francisco Loreto, the orchestra and the choir for creating such a passionate interpretation of this work.

I bow to all of you in gratitude.

“On that December 2 2019, when I was taking my son João B. in my arms to the hospital, to what would end up becoming an emergency surgery, I felt I had to create a new 8th version of the Te Deum I was working for quite a while. I wanted to create something new, pure and simple just as the life of a son or daughter.
Some hours later, already with mommy Sofia by his side, João phoned me just before being taken to the operating room and simply told me this:

‘-Daddy! I love you!’

I think this Te Deum was born as soon as I heard these words at home.
Thank you so much to my wife for being strong when I wasn’t, to my mother for all the help, Maria José Leal, Sisters from Nª. Srª. da Piedade Monastery – without ever knowing me or my son prayed for his quick recovery – and to all doctors and nurses from Funchal’s Hospital.

For this reason, I dedicate this work to the life of my children Sara and João.”

Funchal, December 21 2019