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Gloria (Harris)

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JoAnne Harris

JoAnne Harris

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Went to Ames Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $150.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Handbells
  • Mark Tree
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone

SATB Choir


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear... Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace.”

- Luke 2:8-12, excerpted

My setting of this traditional mass text is meant to unfold cinematically, in what I imagine would have been an awe-inspiring exchange between angel and shepherd. In the opening section, the multitude of heavenly hosts sing in celebratory freedom. As the angels depart, magically disintegrating into the ether, the shepherds are left cloaked in dark night sky to consider the message of peace on earth, though the human world they witness is fractured and hurting. This contrapuntal section unfolds through a series of harmonic twists and turns, as the shepherds question the possibility of creating peace. The shepherds conclude their escalation of doubt and fear with a hopeful prayer. As dawn arises on a new day, the humans reprise the angels’ song .

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the University of Dubuque's Department of Fine and Performing Arts in honor of John and Alice Butler.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Dubuque (Iowa) Concert Choir and Concert Band (Nolan Hauta, conductor; Kristen Eby, choir director) – 3 December 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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