In this case I mean Joh Rutter’s Gloria!
We are singing this piece on our Christmas concert this year– an all male arrangement naturally. But with accompaniment by a brass group.
I’m actually quite excited to sing this piece. I’d sort of forgotten about it, what with the host of other, newer Rutter pieces that vie for attention. So much so, that I’d forgotten just how fantastic a piece of liturgical music it really is.
The piece is very brassy and bold, heroic even. With clever writing and rhythmic treatment of the Gloria text. And that second movement– wow. Just pure aural nougat.
My first exposure to it came back in 1989 when I marched with the Cavaliers. We performed Gloria for the majority of our show that year– and it really translates to drum corps quite well.
Anyway, over the years I’ve performed sections and played trombone in it once. But nothing for years now. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I’ve heard it performed by anyone.
And now it has been resurrected and I get to sing it for Christmas in a gay chorus. I even think I’m going to audition for the baritone solo (trio) in the second movement.
My only trepidation is that this chorus doesn’t seem to have much experience singing Latin text. I worry there will be a lot of “Day-yews” and “day-yoh”. And lotssss and lotsss of essessssssss.
We’ll see. Regardless, it will be fun to break out this oldie but goodie again.