Gloria in excelsis is the second item of the Ordinary of the Mass, immediately following the acclamations Kyrie eleison at the beginning of Mass. It is also referred to as the "Angelic Hymn", the Greater (major) Doxology (to distinguish it from the lesser or minor doxology Gloria Patri) or Et in terra pax, the words following the priest's solo intonation ("Gloria…" is repeated by the choir in numerous settings).
Composed on the model of the Psalms, its authorship is unknown, though it obviously takes as a point of departure the salutation of the angels at St Luke 2:14. By the 4th century the Greek original was being used at morning prayer; in the west it is sung at Mass on Sundays (except during Advent and Lent) and on certain feasts.
In Anglican usage, the Gloria appears in the usual place in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, after which it was moved to the end of the Communion Service until the liturgical reforms of the mid-twentieth century. The scores of Masses by English composers often follow this arrangement.
View the Wikipedia article on Gloria.
Stand-alone settings on CPDL
Other settings possibly not included in the manual list above
- Anonymous — Gloria-Ave Regina coelorum
- Johann Sebastian Bach — Missa in A
- Johann Sebastian Bach — Missa in F, BWV 233
- Johann Sebastian Bach — Missa in g minor, BWV 235
- Dmitri Bortniansky — Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
- Dudley Buck — Gloria in excelsis in Bb, Op. 31, No. 1
- Thomas Causton — Communion Service
- Johannes Ciconia — Gloria a 4
- Johannes Ciconia — Gloria: Spiritus et Alme a 4
- Ian Coleman — Green Gloria
- Donna DiBella — Glory to God in the highest
- Guillaume Dufay — Gloria
- Giovanni Gabrieli — Gloria a 12
- Baldassare Galuppi — Kyrie, Gloria, Credo in C
- Mariano Garau — Domine Deus
- Mariano Garau — Gloria
- Alessandro Grandi — Gloria
- Óscar Manuel Paredes Grau — Gloria in excelsis Deo
- Óscar Manuel Paredes Grau — Gloria in excelsis Deo a 3
- Adam Gumpelzhaimer — Gloria
- Johann Michael Haydn — Gloria et Credo ad Missam Sti Raphaelis, MH 111
- David Leroy McIntyre III — Gloria Pueri
- John Kilpatrick — Gloria
- Nicholas Ludford — Missa Videte miraculum
- George Alexander Macfarren — This is the day
- Marco Molinari — Gloria a Dio
- Wenzel Müller — Mass in G Major
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Laudamus te
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Laudamus te - Duet for sopranos
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Mass for the Decollation of John the Baptist
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Mass in E Flat - II
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Mass in E Flat - III
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Mass in F
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Mass in F of Our Lady
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Mass of Our Lady for December 8
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Mass of Saint Peter of Alcántara (1808)
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Mass of the Purification of Our Lady
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Missa Mimosa
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Qui sedes and quoniam
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Qui sedes and Quoniam for solo bass
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Qui sedes for basso solo (orchestration)
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Short Mass
- José Maurício Nunes Garcia — Short Mass in C
- Johannes Ockeghem — Missa Sine nomine a 5
- Edewede Oriwoh — Gloria in G Flat Major
- Edewede Oriwoh — Gloria! Pax!
- Paolo Pandolfo — Gloria
- Paolo Pandolfo — Gloria in excelsis
- Giovanni Battista Pergolesi — Duetto
- Giovanni Battista Pergolesi — Gloria in excelsis
- Giovanni Battista Pergolesi — Laudamus Te
- Marcos Portugal — Festive Mass
- Peter IV of Portugal — Mass in C
- Tim Risher — Gloria - Brass Version
- Rémi Studer — Domine Deus
- Thomas Tallis — Communion service in D minor
- Christopher Tye — Gloria from The Mean Mass
- Francisco Valls — Cum Sancto Spiritu
- Francisco Valls — Gratias agimus tibi
- Francisco Valls — Laudamus te
- Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow — Missa super "Christ lag in Todesbanden"
Text and translations
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Eer aan God in den hoge.
Gloire à Dieu au plus haut des cieux
Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan
Gloria a Dios en el cielo
Vinh danh Thiên Chúa trên các tầng trời.
(traditional language from the "Book of Common Prayer"):
(modern language in post-Vatican II vernacular)
Glória a Deus nas alturas
Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe und Friede auf Erden
Dicsőség a magasságban Istennek,
Chwała na wysokości Bogu.