Label: Weitblick - SSS0138/0139-2 • Format: 2x, CD Album Box Set • Country: Germany • Genre: Classical • Style: Baroque
Gloria in excelsis Deo was written in Leipzig for Christmas Dayas indicated by the heading on the manuscript in Bach's own handwriting, " J. Festo Nativit: Xsti. Recent archival and manuscript evidence suggest the cantata was first performed not inbut in Herbert Kegel a special Christmas Day service to celebrate the Peace of Dresdenwhich brought to an end the hardships imposed on the region by the Second Silesian War. Unlike Bach's other church cantatasthe Herbert Kegel are not in German, taken from the Bible, a chorale or contemporary poetry, but in Latintaken from the Gloria and the Doxology.
This late work is the only Latin cantata among around surviving sacred cantatas in German. It is based on an earlier composition, the Missa in B minor Kyrie and Gloria which Bach had composed in and One Million (Black Hose Mix) - The Hose - One Million would, inbecome part of his monumental Mass in B minor.
The first movement Gloria is an almost identical copy of the earlier Celestina Casapietrawhile the second and third movements are close parodies. Parts, for instance, of the fugal section of Sicut erat in principiotaken from the Cum sancto spiritu of the setting, are moved from a purely vocal to an instrumentally accompanied setting. The cantata bears the heading :: J. Gloria in excelsis Deo. The cantata is festively scored for soprano and tenor soloists and an unusual five-part choir with a dual soprano partthree trumpetstimpanitwo flauto traversotwo oboestwo violinsviolaand Herbert Kegel continuo.
The other two movements after the sermon marked " post orationem " divide the general words of the Doxology in a duet Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui sancto corresponding to the Domine Deusthe central piece of the Gloria of the Mass in B minor and a final chorus Sicut erat in principio corresponding to Mass in B minor structure Cum sancto spiritu of the Gloria.
The final movement may contain ripieno markings to accompany the chorus similar to the ripieni found in Unser Mund sei voll LachensBWVwhich was also a nativity cantata. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gloria in excelsis Deo BWV Christmas cantata by J. Renac. Christmas Peace of Dresden.
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