SIMPLE GLORIA, A


Instrumentation:
SATB chorus

Text: A Simple Gloria And it was in a simple Gloria that quiet morn, And it was in a simple Gloria the Child was born. The angels sang a simple Gloria, That echoed gently through the stars. The shepherds heard the simple Gloria, Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Salvatore Mundi Est. Ergo nos cum Gaudio, Natus est Emmanuel. M.K. Dean

Duration: 2 minutes 30 seconds

Commissioned By:
The University of St. Thomas Liturgical Choir, St. Paul, MN, in Celebration of its 30th Anniversary 1977-2007, Robert Strusinski, conductor

Available From:
Oxford University Press, included in the "An American Christmas" collection

Composer's Notes:
I composed A Simple Gloria for the 30th Anniversary of the University of St. Thomas Liturgical Choir, Saint Paul, Minnesota, to be sung at their annual Christmas concert.  Celebrating is a joyous affair, and I often think we celebrate with outbursts of music teeming with fanfare, heraldry, brilliance and boisterousness. There’s another kind of celebration, a quiet, assured and peaceful one; a kind of intimate celebration – an in-burst if you will.  Its found in quiet Christmas carols like “Silent Night” and “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming." A Simple Gloria is a quiet Gloria. It should be sung with a hushed, serene and reverent quality, allowing a moment of silence at the end of the music for its peaceful effect to settle.