Lilian has kindly converted the MIDI file that I've posted into a number of MP3 files:
- Soprano (with other choral parts)
- Soprano (also with piano)
- Alto (with other choral parts)
- Alto (also with piano)
- Tenor (with other choral parts)
- Tenor (also with piano)
- Bass (with other choral parts)
- Bass (also with piano)
Please click on the link to download the part(s) you need. As for real recordings, you may find a very good one on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxYBFIkuFeI (There are several other recordings that are also very good.) This particular recording came from the Christ Church Cathedral at Oxford. The choir is all-male; the soprano and alto parts are covered by boys. Notice how clearly the text is sung. If you noticed that the tuning in the recording seems a little bit different from to our piano, it's true, the recording is based on baroque-era (Vivaldi's time) tuning conventions, in which every note is tuned slightly lower (flat) compared to modern tuning rules. Since we don't have a piano tuned according to the baroque style at NTCAC, we use whatever the piano gives us.
About the text: The text that we're singing originated from the Luke 2:13-14. After the angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds:
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
About the composer Antonio Vivaldi: While he's probably most famous for his set of four concertos for the violin, The Four Seasons, he was also an ordained priest, and was the master violin tutor (1704-1713, later chief composer until 1740) at the Ospedale della Pieta, an orphanage in Venice. (This orphanage is still in operating today!) A large portion of Vivaldi's work during this time was written for the girls at Ospedale, who received musical training. Gloria was one of the works that Vivaldi composed for the choir at this orphanage.