The late Sylvia Dunstan was a gifted poet, and I have been drawn to set her texts on numerous occasions. As I have previously posted, for a number of years I composed an annual Christmas carol (or anthem), for which I was determined to incorporate the text “gloria in excelsis deo” (just as my yearly Easter carol required an “alleluia” or two: see This Our Joy and This Our Feast). It was with great excitement that I discovered this text, with its glorious imagery… and its refrain of “gloria in excelsis deo”! The SATB anthem with piano accompaniment, as well as the chamber ensemble arrangement heard on the recording, can be purchased at giamusic.com.
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