Text and Translation
Glória in excélsis Déo.
Et in térra pax
homínibus bónae voluntátis.Laudámus te. Benedícimus te.Adorámus te. Glorifícamus te.
Glory to God in the highest.
And on earth peace
to all those of good will.
We praise thee. We bless thee.
We worship thee. We glorify thee.
This Gloria uses the Dorian mode and some meter changes to make the piece moreaggressive. It is like we are singing on a high mountain, looking at the scenery, andenjoying how great God is as a creator. Stomps and claps were added to signify the wholebody in praise of God’s greatness.
If considering Luke 2:13: “There was with the angle a great band of spirits from heaven,giving praise to God, …”, we try to imagine the angels also singing along when we sing.
Ondi Yohan Tambunan
An excellent YouTube video of this piece can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNjxqvHzg1w.