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Listening Assignment - Gloria, 2nd chant of the Ordinary of the Mass

Gloria in excelsis Deo

et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Laudamus te, benedicimus te,

adoramus te, glorificamus te.

Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam.

Domine Deus, Rex coelestis,

Deus Pater omnipotens.

Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe.

Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris.

Qui tollis peccata mundi,

miserere nobis.

Qui tollis peccata mundi,

suscipe deprecationem nostram.

Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris,

miserere nobis.

Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus,

tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe.

Cum Sancto Spiritu

in gloria Dei Patris.


Glory to God in the highest

and on earth peace and good will towards men.

Let us praise thee, let us bless thee,

let us adore thee, let us glorify thee.

Thanks let us give to thee for thy great glory.

Lord God, King of heaven,

God the Father omnipotent.

Lord the only born Son, Jesus Christ.

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of Father.

Who takest away the sins of the world,

have mercy upon us.

Who takest away the sins of the world,

hear our prayer.

Who sittest on the Father's right hand,

have mercy upon us.

Because thou art the only Holy One, thou the only Lord,

thou the only Highest One, Jesus Christ.

With the Holy Spirit

in glory to God the Father.


Please listen to Josquin's "Kyrie" & "Gloria" from the Missa Pange lingua [1510-High Renaissance] (on your tape) and then Palestrina's "Kyrie" & "Gloria" from the Missa Papae Marcelli [1557-Late Renaissance] (the Pope Marcellus Mass–also on your tape).

  1. Reflect on how the settings of the text above (which is long and complex) compare with the settings of the "Kyrie's" by both composers. Focus in particular on the parameter of texture.
  2. Now compare the two composers' use of texture. With two different colors (one for each composer) show where each uses polyphony, homophony, monophony, etc. Also compare the harmony–very generally, using your emotions–which sounds more "modern" to you?
  3. Very carefully–and you can refer to the Kerman reading but also try to draw your own conclusions–find and compare instances of text-painting (musical illustration of this "Gloria" text) by Josquin and Palestrina using texture, harmony and any other parameters you can incorporate.