MPC Chancel Choir Presents…
On Sunday, December 18th, the MPC Chancel Choir accompanied by string orchestra will present “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi at the 11:00 worship service on December 18th. This is a setting of the “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” section of the Latin Mass, dating from the Fourth century.
Vivaldi was born in Venice in 1678. He received his early music training from his father who was a professional violinist. He was ordained a priest at age 25 and was soon nicknamed “The Red Priest” due to his fiery red hair. In the same year he was appointed music teacher at an orphanage for abandoned girls. It was there that he composed many sacred works and instrumental concertos for the school’s excellent chorus and orchestra.
A virtuoso violinist, Vivaldi enjoyed success and fortune during his lifetime. His Gloria, composed in 1715, was lost for two centuries and was discovered in a pile of forgotten manuscripts in 1926. Since the first modern performance in 1939, it has become a popular and often performed piece. Vivaldi is perhaps best known for his Four Seasons.