Happy Eurovision Day! Start with an anthem…

There is only one tune to start the day with today…and it’s the Eurovision anthem – or, as it is known in classical circles, the Prélude to Marc-André Charpentier’s Te Deum. Written in the final decade of the 17th century, this bright opener has shown itself to be an incredibly versatile piece of music, capable of beginning a larger-scale sacred piece but equally well-suited as a fanfare for trumpet and organ, or organ alone.

You can hear it in its original context – followed by the whole of the Te Deum…

If you’d prefer, here is the Prélude on its own:

Now, though, it is treasured as the music we hear before a certain singing contest gets underway – so without further ado, let’s celebrate!

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