Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo


  • Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra (1998)
  • Choir, Children’s Choir and Piano (1998)
  • Photo: Choir Members from the Premiere Performance


Technical Information

Duration – 6:00  

A) Jubilate Deo for Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra (Traditional Text) (1998)

SATB Choir, Children’s Choir (2 parts)/2(2=picc).2.2.2./

(Children’s Choir is optional)

B) SATB Choir, Children’s Choir and Piano (1998)

(Children’s Choir is optional)

Program Notes

Ronald Royer’s setting of the “Jubilate Deo” was inspired by the text used by Giovanni Gabrieli in his composition “Jubilate Deo, omnis terra, Motet a 11 aus ‘Symphoniae sacrae’ Liber II, No. 15, Venice 1615. Mr. Royer was drawn to Gabrieli’s unusual text for a Jubilate Deo and his interesting rhythms and meter changes.

Gabrieli’s text is built up from sections selected from the Proper of the Nuptial Mass, with the refrain “Jubilate Deo, omnis terra” most likely taking the place of the Allelulia common to each Proper. Like Gabrieli’s composition, Royer’s “Jubilate Deo” was composed to be celebratory in mood, although Mr. Royer has added an Alleluia to the end of his version.

JUBILATE DEO                                         REJOICE IN GOD

Jubilate Deo omnis terra                          Rejoice in God, all lands,

Quia sic benedicetur homo                      because thus blessed is the man

Qui timet Dominum.                                 That fears the Lord.

Jubilate Deo omnis terra.                         Rejoice in God, all lands.

Deus, Israel coniugat vos                         The God of Israel binds you to each other.


Et ipse sic vobiscum.                                 And Himself to you;

Auxilium de sancto                                    and help of the Holy One

Tueatur vos et de Sion.                             Shall preserve you from out of Sion

Jubilate Deo omnis terra.                        Rejoice in God, all lands.

Benedicat vobis Dominus ex Sion,         May the Lord who made heaven and earth


Qui fecit coelum et terrram                     bless you from Sion.

Jubilate Deo omnis terra.                        Rejoice in God all lands,

Servite Domino in Laetitia.                     Serve the Lord with gladness,

Jubilate Deo omnis terra.                        Rejoice in God, all lands.

Alleluia.                                                       Praise the Lord.

Commissioning And First Performances

Jubilate Deo was commissioned by the Polish Canadian Society of Music, supported by a Laidlaw Foundation grant. The first performances were on October 17, 1998 at Metropolitan United Church, Toronto and October 25, at Christ the King Catholic Cathedral, Hamilton, performed by the Renaissance Choir, Etobicoke, Symfonia Choir, Hamilton, Children’s Choir Radość-Joy, Mississauga, Children’s Choir Stokrotki, Toronto, Children’s Choir Uśmiech -Smile, Hamilton, and the Toronto Sinfonietta, Matthew Jaskiewicz, conductor.

Jubilate Deo was inspired by the text used by Giovanni Gabrieli (portrait above)