Musica sacra (4)

Karlskirche, Vienna

In the classical Ordinary of the Mass, the ” Gloria” follows the Kyrie. The gloria is a chant of joy and devotion. It a prayer of highest reverence.

The Gloria is a celebratory passage praising God and Christ:Gloria in excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, gratias agimus tibi
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise You, we bless You, we adore You, we glorify You, we give thanks

propter magnam gloriam tuam, Domine Deus, Rex caelestis [coelestis], Deus Pater omnipotens. 

to You for Your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God the Father.
Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe, Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris, qui tollis peccata mundi, Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who taketh away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis; qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis. Have mercy on us; You who take away the sins of the world, hear our prayers. Who sits at the right hand of the Father, have mercy upon us.
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus Altissimus, Iesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen. For You are the only Holy One, the only Lord, the only Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

The following is a beautiful recording of the Gloria of Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C Major K 317, performed in the Vatican.

Rome, St. Peter in Vatican 

Herbert von Karajan conducts The Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra  and The Vienna Singverein. Soprano: Kathleen Battle

Alternatively listen to the Gloria of Joseph Haydn’s Schöpfungsmesse:

Schöpfungsmesse in B-Dur (Hob. XXII:13) von Joseph Haydn.
Bergkirche in Eisenstadt, 31. Mai 2009.

And lastly the first part of the Gloria of the Schubert Mass in E Flat

Claudia Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 


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