Commissioned by the University of St. Thomas Liturgical Choir, St. Paul, Minnesota, in Celebration of its 30th Anniversary 1977-2007, Robert Strusinski, conductor
Oxford University Press, included in the "An American Christmas" collection
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.