1. Gloria in excelsis Deo

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Text: Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te.

Musicians: SATB chorus a cappella. Organ/piano reduction included.

Length: 3:15

Style: early Baroque

Program notes: An attempt to combine the self-sufficient polyphony of the Renaissance with the smooth modulations of the Baroque. The familiar Latin text includes the angelsí song following the announcement of the birth of Jesus (from Luke) and a joyful response by the people (as in the great doxology).

First performance: The Concert Singers, Los Angeles, December 2006, under direction of composer Jenni Brandon.

Another notable performance occurred 27 February 2016, when Dr. Vaughn Roste led the University Singers of Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne in singing this piece for the ACDA conference in Chicago.

[Annunciation to the shepherds]

Annunciation to the Shepherds

Master of the Houghton Miniatures (Flemish, ca. 1480-1485)

from the Emerson-White Hours, Ghent(?)

John Paul Getty Museum

WikiMedia Commons

Fresh Choral Music Online, by Peter Bird of Los Angeles