Gloria in Excelsis (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • CPDL #27819:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2012-12-18).   Score information: A4, 16 pages, 193 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Originally published by Stainer and Bell. Transcribed from the coronation service of George VI. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Gloria in Excelsis
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: 1911

Description: The Gloria in Excelsis was written by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford for the coronation of HM King George V on 22 June 1911. It was an occasion of some note in the annals of British music, for Elgar's Coronation March and Parry's grand festival Te Deum were also heard for the first time that day.

The Gloria in Excelsis was published the following year as part of Stanford's Opus 128, the Festal Communion Service for voices and orchestra, which was also made available with the accompaniment arranged by the composer for organ. However, such was the popularity of the Gloria that it soon became popular as a separate piece, either with organ or orchestral accompaniment, and it was included in the orders of service for the coronations of HM King George VI on 12 May 1937 and HM Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953.

Orchestral material is available on hire from the publishers. The work is scored for double woodwind, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, organ and strings.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Gloria.