commentary to Ehre sei Gott (Gloria)
Glory to God (in English) for 4-part Choir a cappella (1972)
Ehre sei Gott beginning
performance : July 23, 1972 / Würzburg, Kiliansdom
Duration: 5 MinutesPublisher: Schott Music C 54677 / ISMN: 979-0-001-18011-5
Foreword (Schott Music C 54677)
After the Second Vatican Council also permitted the Catholic Mass to be celebrated in the vernacular, Bertold Hummel was one of the first composers in Germany to take advantage of this new opportunity and composed a Great Mass for solo voices, choir, congregation and orchestra in 1967 to mark the re-opening of the Cathedral in Würzburg.
This Glory to God for four-part mixed choir composed in 1972 also exudes this same spirit of optimism in the Catholic Church. Hummel's work not only displays the composer's own inimitable tonal language, but is also quite naturally orientated to motet compositions of the old masters, exploiting part-writing, changes of tempo and dynamics to the full to produce a spirited interpretation of the text. This composition has a place within the liturgy as the second part of the Ordinary of the Mass ("Gloria in excelsis Deo") and is additionally suitable for inclusion in sacred choral concerts with its vibrant praise of God.
Martin Hummel Translation: Lindsay Chalmers-Gerbracht