Monday, August 30, 2010

Music Monday--Rutter Gloria

This is the first movement of John Rutter's Gloria.

I had the joy and privilege of singing this piece when I was in college.  I could hardly believe my good fortune that year.

Next week I will continue with the second movement.

Below are the Latin lyrics and English translation of this first movement.



Glória in excélsis Deo
et in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis.
Laudámus te,
benedícimus te,
adorámus te,
glorificámus te,
grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam,
Glória in excélsis Deo

Glory be to God on high.
And in earth peace towards men of good will.
We praise thee.
We bless thee.
We worship thee.
We glorify thee.
We give thanks to thee for thy great glory.
Glory be to God on high.

6 comments:

TACParent said...

I love it when there is live music with a chorus. Beautiful.

Dymphna said...

It really is a gorgeous piece.

kkollwitz said...

"I had the joy and privilege of singing this piece when I was in college."

Wow, this is too cool indeed! I was in children's choir decades ago and have cantored as an adult; would love to get in a choir again and sing something by Rutter.

Rutter's work always has a modern sensibility, but still retains the mystery and reverence of much older sacred music. I especially like the hearing Latin in a modern setting. I'd be happy for his Requiem to be sung at my funeral. If you haven't heard it, its treatment of sadness and hope is spot on.

Here's the whole thing in pieces:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAhNDGwMDPQ&feature=related

Those not familiar with his stuff may like to advance part 1 to the 3:45 point where you will hear the familiar Kyrie Eleison.

Dymphna said...

Gorgeous, K! (I had a seriously hard time hearing this peice on my laptop speakers, but it sounds glorious with head phones.

I love modern choral music with Latin, too!

I may have sung this somewhere along the line as well...it sounds familiar.

kkollwitz said...

"I may have sung this somewhere along the line as well...it sounds familiar."

I have sung it in my car.

Dymphna said...

Somehow, the music in my car is never quite as good as *this*!

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