Gloria is an original composition written for the Rising Generation Youth Chorus, a choir made up of wonderful youth in the St Louis area.  It was scored for SATB choir with String Quartet and Piano accompaniment.  I originally envisioned it with harp, but didn’t have access to an instrument or player when it was first performed during Christmas of 2012.

This is a fairly difficult piece as it has some complex rhythms and an extended range (the soprano goes up to an A above the staff).

Download the score here: Gloria – Full Score

Download the string parts here: Gloria – Parts

(Synthesized) MP3 here:

Music: Richard Tolbert
Created: Dec 2012
Duration: 00:03:24


Glory to God in the highest!
and on earth, peace, goodwill to all people.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we adore thee,
We glorify thee, we give thee thanks for thy great glory.

Lord God, heavenly king, O God, Almighty Father
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son
Lord God, Lamb of God! Son of the Father

Thou takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us!
Thou takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
Thou art seated at the right hand of the Father, Have mercy on us!

For Thou alone art the Holy One,
Thou alone art the Lord,
Thou alone art the Most High,

Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost,
in the glory of God the Father,
Amen, Amen, Amen.