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Leonard Bernstein

Mass (1971)

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A theatre piece for singers, players, and dancers
VI. Gloria (excerpt)
Duration: 02 mins 00 secs
Randall Scarlata / Company of Music / Tölzer Knabenchor /
Chorus sine nomine / Absolute Ensemble /
Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich / Kristjan Järvi
(p) and (c) 2009 Chandos Records Ltd
Chandos CHSA 5070(2)

Text heard on Sample:
Gloria in excelsis Deo,
Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Laudamus te,
Adoramus te,
Benedicimus te,
Glorificamus te,
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam:
Domine Deus,
Rex caelestis,
Deus Pater omnipotens.
Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe;
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris:
Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis;
Suscipe deprecationem nostram;
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, misererere nobis.
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus,
Tu solus Dominus,
Tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe,
Cum Sancto Spiritu; in gloria Dei Patris.

Street Chorus (jumping to their feet)
Half of the people ares stoned
And the other half are waiting for the next election.
Half the people are drowned
And the other half are swimming in the wrong direction."

(During this sequence, the Acolytes place an elaborate stole on the Celebrant's shoulders.)
They call it
Glorious Living.
And, baby, where does that leave you,
You and your kind?

...miserere nobis,
Suscipe deprecationem nostrum.

Street Chorus and your youth and your mind?
Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere.
Half of the people ares stoned
And the other half are waiting for the next election...

(quatrain by Paul Simon)

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