¡Gloria, gloria, gloria!

¡Gloria, gloria, gloria! Pablo Sosa* (1933— ).  This joyful chorus comes directly from Luke 2: 14, the canticle of the angels. ‘Gloria’ (1978) was composed for a Christmas pageant, designed so that the congregation could join in the drama as the chorus of angels. The song-dance is based on the cueca, the national dance of Chile, but also popular in Bolivia and parts of Argentina. The musical style includes a lively three-four (¾) meter melded with a cross-rhythm of six-eight (6/8) rhythm.  Though written for a Christmas pageant, the song was also composed during the Augusto Pinochet regime (1973—1988) in Chile when, as in neighboring Argentina during this era, governmental...

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