Gloria Deo!

Gloria Deo! is a vibrant song of celebration. The distinctive features of this work include dramatic opening and closing fanfares on “Gloria”, and the use of developing layers of cross-rhythms and ostinati. The melody and harmonies are simple and memorable. This is one your choir members will be humming between rehearsals! (2011)

  • SATB (occasional SSAATB), a capella
  • Self-published: SL-111
  • Genre: Sacred
  • Duration: c.2:33
  • Level: Moderate (rhythmic complexity)
  • PREVIEW the score Gloria Deo (SATB) Preview (selected pages only)
  • Ranges:
S: Bb3-G5
A: G3-Eb5
T: G3-G4
B: A2-C4


There is a motivic link between this work and Ave Maria that I thought may be of interest to those researching this piece. When sitting down to compose Ave Maria I couldn’t ignore a feeling that the opening 3 notes (what was to become both “A-ve Ma-” and “Glo-ri-a”) were trying to be upbeat and triumphant while I wanted them to be slow and reverent! How annoying! In the end the motif got what it wanted and so did I and two pieces were born. Ave Maria had its first performance a full year ahead of Gloria Deo! but they really are twins.


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