BP1673, SATB with opt. trumpet, $2.25
Date released: 2003
This celebrative anthem by Mark Hayes, with text by Bill Leach, is set in a rolling 6/8 meter in D major. The first verse starts with an almost lullaby quality chronicling the birth of Christ. The chorus erupts with a joyful “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” in response to the Good News. The second verse is set in a slower minor mode, depicting the crucifixion of Christ. This is followed by an instrumental interlude a full third higher leading into the glorious third verse, celebrating Christ’s resurrection. The anthem finishes with a reprise of the first Gloria section, building to a joyous conclusion. “Easter Gloria” can be further enhanced by the optional trumpet part and is especially suitable for Eastertide.