"One of those pieces that could become a Christmas classic."
— Richard Hynson, Director of Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee Gordon Thornett
Gloria in D (Score/Parts, Brass Quintet Version) (Download License) Soprano solo, SATB choir, brass quintet (2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba), organ, optional timpani
This version meets a request for a brass quintet accompaniment (2 trpts in Bb, horn, trombone and tuba) with organ and [optional] timps, as opposed to the original brass sextet as described below.
Gloria in D was premièred in December 2014 by the Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee in their ‘Christmas in the Basilica’ concerts. It is written for a large chorus, soprano soloist, brass ensemble, consisting of three trumpets and three trombones, timpani and organ.
Richard Hynson, who conducted the premiére in Milwaukee, writes:
“As music Director of the Bel Canto Chorus in Milwaukee, I am charged with programming new, exciting, audience-accessible repertoire for our annual Christmas in the Basilica concerts. Surprisingly, it is difficult to find new works that both challenge and engage the chorus while moving the audience. Gordon Thornett’s ‘Gloria’ is one of those works.
Scored for Soprano Soloist, Mixed Chorus, Brass (3 tpts, 3 tbns), Timpani, and Organ, this single-movement, ten-minute setting of the Gloria from the Ordinary of the Mass demonstrates the composer’s use of exciting, multi-metric rhythms, well-structured melodies, and emotional contrast.
While the choral writing offers some challenges, especially in the fughetta section, a good college or community chorus can learn this medium-difficult work successfully in a few rehearsals. The Soprano Solo requires a skilled, advanced singer, and the accompanying instrumental parts will satisfy accomplished players.
I strongly recommend this as a work that can successfully anchor a Christmas program.”