College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Ensemble & Other Performances, Volume 3 Page: 18
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One of the most popular Baroque choral works of our time is the Gloria in D major, RV
589, by Antonio Vivaldi, which Denton audiences have had opportunity to hear recently
in performances by both the Denton Bach Choir and the UNT Collegium Singers.
Tonight you will hear Vivaldi's other setting of the Gloria, RV 588, combined with a type
of solo motet, favored by the composer, which serves as an introduction to the liturgical
form it precedes. Unusual here is that the motet, Jubilate, o amoeni chori, RV 639,
actually dovetails its last movement with the opening movement of the following Gloria.
Scholars are uncertain which of these two Gloria settings is the earlier, but the fact that
they are both based to some extent on an earlier double chorus setting of the Gloria by
Giovanni Maria Ruggieri puts them likely in close proximity. The final Cumr Sancto
Spiritu fugues of both Vivaldi works, themselves differing only in minor detail, are
adapted from Ruggieri's work, again with only minor revisions and improvements. Two
other movements from RV 588 are taken over almost wholly from Ruggieri's Gloria as
well. We can argue about which is the better work, but the far less often performed RV
588 has some particularly lovely moments that set it worthily along side the vastly more
popular RV 589.
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