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)
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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.