The Gloria is wonderfully extravagant, stretching out the doxology in compelling fashion, first by allowing each voice in turn the complete phrase, then giving each singer one member of the Trinity, and then finally by uniting the three singers. But more is to come, first with a jaunty ‘As it was in the beginning’ and then a marvellously extended series of falling fourths for ‘World without end’ which are countered by a florid ‘Amen’. Some manuscripts also contain a closing full chorus but this is a spurious eighteenth century addition.
from notes by Robert King ©
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