Antonio Vivaldi

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Gloria

 

RV 588

The lesser known of the two surviving Glorias, RV 588 was most likely composed during Vivaldi’s employment at the Pio Ospedale della Pietà, known for its advanced choral ensemble. The first movement is interwoven with the last aria of RV 639, as explained above. The date of composition between this Gloria and RV 589 is still disputed, but both show compositional inspiration from each other.

RV 588 borrows extensively from a double orchestra-and-choir setting of the same text by Giovanni Maria Ruggieri (which will henceforth in this article be referred by its RV cataloguing number of RV. Anh. 23). Many movements show inspiration from this composition, and two movements („Qui Tollis” and „Cum Sancto Spiritu”) are plagiarised from the original Ruggieri setting (although „Qui Tollis” completely omits the second coro (chorus), and „Cum Sancto Spiritu” is slightly modified). The first movement of RV 588 is also an extended version of RV Anh. 23, sans the second coro employed in RV Anh. 23, among other musical modifications. The second movements of both RV 588 and RV 589 („Et in Terra Pax”) both show chromatic patterns and key modulations similar to that of the second movement of RV Anh. 23.

Movements[edit]

  1. Gloria in excelsis deo (Chorus)
  2. Et in terra pax (Chorus)
  3. Laudamus te (Sopranos I and II)
  4. Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)
  5. Propter magnam gloria (Chorus)
  6. Domine Deus (Soprano)
  7. Domine, Fili unigenite (Chorus)
  8. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei (Alto, Chorus)
  9. Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
  10. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (Mezzo Soprano)
  11. Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Chorus)
  12. Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)

 

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