Gloria (Poulenc)

Choral music by Francis Poulenc
CatalogueFP 177
Based onGloria
Composed1959 (1959)
Performed21 January 1961 (1961-01-21)
  • soprano solo
  • mixed choir
  • orchestra

The Gloria by Francis Poulenc, FP 177, scored for soprano solo, large orchestra, and chorus, is a setting of the Gloria text from the mass ordinary. One of Poulenc's most celebrated works, it was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation in honor of Sergei Koussevitzky and his wife Natalia, the namesakes of the foundation.

Gloria was premiered on 21 January 1961 in Boston, Massachusetts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chorus Pro Musica under conductor Charles Münch with Adele Addison as soloist. The first recording (also in 1961), for EMI, was conducted by Georges Prêtre, under the supervision of the composer, with Rosanna Carteri as the soloist. Among later recordings of the music, the RCA Victor recording by the Robert Shaw Chorale in 1965 won a Grammy Award for the "Best Choral Performance."


The work is divided into six movements as follows:[1]

  1. Gloria in excelsis Deo (G major)
  2. Laudamus te (C major)
  3. Domine Deus, Rex caelestis (B minor)
  4. Domine Fili unigenite (G major)
  5. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei (B-flat minor)
  6. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (G major)
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