Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191 by Johann Sebastian Bach


(Glory to God in the Highest), BWV 191', is a church cantata written by the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and the only one of his church cantatas set to a Latin text. He composed the Christmas cantata in Leipzig probably in 1745 to celebrate the end of the Second Silesian War on Christmas Day. The composition's three movements all derive from the Gloria of an earlier Missa (Kyrie and Gloria in B minor) written by Bach in 1733, which the composer would later use as the Gloria of his Mass in B minor.