Like many people, I first learned some of the Gloria text as a child
when singing the carol Angels We Have Heard on High. The original
carol comes from 18th century France, but the history of the words
goes back MUCH further. In fact the first section of the song comes
from the bible story about the nativity when the angels sang: Gloria in
excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. (Glory to
God in the highest, and on earth, peace to people of goodwill

These words have been set to music countless times, in many
languages, by composers around the world for nearly 2000 years. I
love the idea that this scene of a celestial birthday party is paired with
the words Peace On Earth – timeless and always relevant.

A full conductor score is available from MusicSpoke, featuring percussion instrumentation for 2-3 players and detailed information about the instruments and their roles in the piece. The parts are accessible to choir members with drumming chops if trained percussionists are not available. The use of tambourine, shakers and a cajón are the most authentic to the Caribbean inspired rhythm patterns. If you haven’t got a cajón, a djembe will do. (If you haven’t got a djembe, God bless you.)


Peter Robb

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Voicing: SA
Duration: 3'40"
Level: ME
Instrumentation: Piano, Percussion

A powerful song with a classical and jazz feel that will be remembered as a favorite by those who perform it and those it touches.

Robert Todd

FEMEA 2020 All-State Chorus Coordinator


Sung in Latin (Translation in italics)

Gloria in excelsis Deo
     Glory in the highest to God
Et in terra pax
      And on earth peace
      to all men (people)
bonae voluntatis
     of good will

Laudamus te
     We laude you
Benedicimus te
     We bless you
Adoramus te
     We adore you
Glorificamus te
     We glorify you

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