Wednesday, November 5, 2014

'Gloria'.... by Vivaldi

A few days ago, I heard this piece on KDFC.. a classical music radio station out of San Francisco.

[From treblechoir99 - Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Gloria(Vivaldi).wmv  - 'Gloria in excelsis Deo'; 2- 'Et in Terra pax'; 3 - 'Gratias agimus tibi'; 4 - 'Propter magnam gloriam' - Sir David Willcokcs, dir.]

Gloria (Vivaldi)

Antonio Vivaldi wrote at least three settings of the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo, whose words date probably from the 4th Century and which is an integral part of the Ordinary of the Mass. Two survive: RV 588 and RV 589. A third, RV 590, is mentioned only in the Kreuzherren catalogue and presumed lost. The RV 589 Gloria is a familiar and popular piece among sacred works by Vivaldi. It was probably written at about the same time as the RV 588, possibly in 1715.


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