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Gloria, RVAnh.23
composer
c1708
author of text

Recordings
'Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 10' (CDA66849)
Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 10
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'Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44171/81)
Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music
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'The King's Consort Collection' (KING7)
The King's Consort Collection
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Details
Movement 01: Gloria in excelsis Deo
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Movement 02: Et in terra pax
Movement 03: Laudamus te
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Movement 04: Gratias agimus tibi
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Movement 05: Domine Deus, rex caelestis
Movement 06: Domine Fili unigenite
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Movement 07: Domine Deus, agnus Dei
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Movement 08: Qui tollis peccata mundi
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Movement 09: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
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Movement 10: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
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Movement 11: Cum Sancto Spiritu
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Gloria, RVAnh.23
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To close our Vivaldian Odyssey, what could be more appropriate than to give a first modern outing to a composition that demonstrably influenced Vivaldi, who ‘borrowed’ music from it in the present Gloria RV589, and even more extensively in RV588? Vivaldi’s private collection of music included the autograph score of a setting in D major for two cori of the same liturgical text, dated 9 September 1708, by Giovanni Maria Ruggieri. This Ruggieri is a shadowy figure. He appears to have been born in Verona and to have worked in Venice as a civil servant, while composing instrumental music, operas and church music fairly prolifically. He demonstrates a naive boldness not untypical of amateur composers, and it is, more than anything else, his striving for vivid effect that links him to Vivaldi, who obviously appreciated his talent and derived from him more than is evident from the straightforward borrowings. For instance, the chugging string accompaniment and lugubrious, ‘terrestrial’ sound of seven solo basses in the ‘Et in terra pax’ movement in Ruggieri’s setting is an obvious background inspiration for the corresponding movements in RV588 and RV589. How Vivaldi got hold of the score is a mystery, but it was very possibly his father, Giovanni Battista, who obtained it, since up to around 1710 Vivaldi père was the ‘senior partner’ of the two in Venetian musical life. This Gloria was certainly not written for the Pietà, and its most likely destination was a Venetian church on the occasion of a major feast.

Each coro in Ruggieri’s Gloria comprises soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices and strings in five parts (dividing the violas). Coro I has in addition two oboes, coro II a trumpet and an oboe. Soloists are extracted as needed. The variety of scoring among the individual movements is quite extraordinary. For example, in the fifth movement, ‘Domine Deus, rex coelestis’, each coro features a string component made up of two violas and cello and a vocal component made up of two sopranos and bass. The next movement, ‘Domine Fili unigenite’, is a three-way conversation between solo alto, two violins and two oboes.

Ruggieri is certainly one of those innumerable forgotten composers who is ‘worth hearing more of’. This Gloria is of interest and value not only for its obvious influence on Vivaldi and exemplification of the Venetian polychoral tradition but also for its intrinsic musical merit and remarkable originality.

And so we reach the end of our road. This is far from being the first ‘collected recorded edition’ of sacred music by Vivaldi – it has been preceded by ones from Vittorio Negri and Michel Corboz – but it is the first to apply (if one may be permitted so grandiloquent a phrase) ‘historically informed’ criteria, leavened, as always, by the imperative to communicate effectively with a modern audience. That there will be more music in the same category by Vivaldi to rediscover and perform in the future seems guaranteed. While this text was being written, I got wind of the mention, in an eighteenth-century catalogue, of a hitherto unknown Salve regina in E minor for solo alto by Vivaldi, already baptized ‘RV804’, that employs two transverse flutes as well as the usual strings and is therefore presumably a late work. All we now need is to find the music answering to that description – and we know from the case of RV803 that the source will not necessarily be so co-operative as to include ‘Vivaldi’ in its title!

from notes by Michael Talbot © 2004

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Details for CDS44171/81 disc 11 track 27
Movement 4: Gratias agimus tibi
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-84927
Duration
0'45
Recording date
1 November 2003
Recording venue
All Saints, Tooting, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 10 (CDA66849)
    Disc 1 Track 27
    Release date: February 2004
    Deletion date: August 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44171/81
  2. Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44171/81)
    Disc 11 Track 27
    Release date: October 2005
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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