Gloria in excelsis


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Gloria in excelsis

(ĕksĕl`sĭs) [Lat.,=glory in the highest], the Angelic Hymn or greater doxologydoxology
[Gr. doxa=glory] formulaic ascription of praise to God, encountered in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tradition. The best-known doxologies of the Christian church are Gloria in excelsis, or the greater doxology; Gloria Patri,
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, ancient Christian hymn beginning, according to the Authorized Version, "Glory be to God on high, and on earth, peace, goodwill towards men." An amplification of Luke 2.14, the hymn was of Greek origin and took its place in the Roman Mass about the beginning of the 6th cent. In the Latin Mass it follows the Kyrie.
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It is customary to do all the harmonies to Gloria in excelsis Deo on your own, in the kitchen, while wrestling with a turkey at 6am on December 25"
From the rousing opening item, Gloria in Excelsis by Shaw, an exemplary fanfare to the proceedings, to Elgar's My Love Dwelt, the rich programme revealed a multitude of delight.
Bach not only borrowed from cantatas to compose the Gloria but also later refashioned the first two movements of the Gloria, its central "Domine Deus," and the final "Cum sancto Spirito" into Cantata 191, Gloria in excelsis Deo.
The heavenly song Gloria in excelsis Deo, heard on the night of the Nativity and chorused down the ages at Mass, provides a twofold criterion: theocentricity - "Glory to God in the highest" - as well as anthropocentricity - "Peace on earth to men of goodwill" - the latter being subordinate to the former.
Perhaps the most demanding was the writing of viable congregational song for extended prose texts such as the Gloria in Excelsis and the Te Deum--texts that were inherently resistant to melodic formulae.
The melodic line used certain rhythmic figures later to be found in the Gloria in Excelsis of Setting One.
This includes the possibility of substituting a concerted or polyphonic choral setting (historic or contemporary) for a designated congregational item in the rite, such as the Gloria in excelsis.