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Gloria, op.18 : 'Et in Arcadia ego: An Apotheosis', a cappella SATB double choir with 2 x SA soloists

by Jonathan David Little (2016)

Audio Sample

Performance by Vox Futura, Andrew Shenton, Noel Smith from the CD Woefully arrayed

Woefully arrayed


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Work Overview

This Gloria is a companion piece to Kyrie, Op.5 - both of which are part of a large-scale mass setting - and its main section is founded on related material. As with all other works, while sometimes archaic sounding, the materials are entirely original, though here with the one exception of the incorporation of a very short sequence of chords, heard at the commencement of the final "Amen" section. These chords derive from an anonymous 14th-century three-part setting of Ave maris stella ("Hail, Star of the Sea") - a Vespers hymn to the Virgin Mary, itself based on a chant harking back at least to the 9th century.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: SATB double choir, with 2 x SA soloists. The solo parts may be doubled, if necessary.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Several sustained high Cs and melismas in some soprano parts (expert "Solo sopranos" recommended)

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.

From 'Missa Temporis Perditi'.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:


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