Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (Emma Kirkby, James Bowman)




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Published on May 4, 2010

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The Stabat Mater, centuries old, is a Latin poem often set to music.

It is Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (1736), for soprano, alto, and orchestra, which is his best known sacred work. It was commissioned by the Confraternità dei Cavalieri di San Luigi di Palazzo (the monks of the brotherhood of San Luigi di Palazzo) as a replacement for the rather old-fashioned one by Alessandro Scarlatti for identical forces which had been performed each Good Friday in Naples. Whilst classical in scope, the opening section of the setting demonstrates Pergolesi's mastery of the Italian baroque 'durezze e ligature' style, characterized by numerous suspensions over a faster, conjunct bassline. The work remained popular, becoming the most frequently printed work of the 18th century, and being arranged by a number of other composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach, who used it as the basis for his psalm Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083.

Bach: Tilge, Höchster, Meine Sünden, BWV 1083

Stabat Mater dolorosa
Iuxta crucem lacrimosa
Dum pendebat filius.

In sorrow stood a mother
By the cross and wept
Whilst her son hung there.

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