Exeter Choral Society - Karl Jenkins The Armed Man, and Vivaldi's Gloria


United Reform Church, Southernhay East, EXETER, Devon, EX1 1QD
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Exeter Choral Society - Karl Jenkins The Armed Man, and Vivaldi's Gloria


The Armed Man, written in 1999, is essentially an anti-war piece written as a dedication to the victims of the Kosova crisis. It is based on the Catholic Mass but incorporates words from a variety of religions (including the Islamic call to prayer), the Last Post, and texts from writers such as Kipling and Tennyson.

It charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection. It tells a powerful story of hope for the future.
Those who are familiar with choral music will know The Armed Man to be dramatic, evocative, and hugely atmospheric. For others this will completely change your perception of this genre. Watch out for the amazing percussion.

By complete contrast The Gloria is one of Vivaldi's best known  compositions. Dating from the Baroque period, it lay undiscovered until the early 20th century. It was probably written to commemorate the Venetian Republic's victory over the Ottoman Empire in 1716.
It is a sublime and sunny piece with many instantly recognizable choruses. This truly joyous work cannot fail to raise the spirits.

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