Dust Bunny Queen said....The phrase Gloria in Excelsis Deo (glory to God in the highest) appears in a familiar traditional Christmas carol...the one with the long, melismatic vowel movement inside "gloria." You will recognize it:
Listen to this while contemplating.....Gloria en Excelsis Deo or a clunky rendition of Michael Row the Boat Ashore.
December 20, 2016 at 10:48 AM
I put up the French/English video to recognize the original French carol -- no matter how Latin the refrain.
I also put up Van Morrison's "Gloria" to see if he had used a bit of melisma in his 1964 hit: