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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: Ep. 72 – Stabat Mater

Apr 8, 2020

Stabat Mater, a medieval hymn that was lengthy used because the
sequence for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, is now generally sung between every Station of the Cross. This
prayer, during which we ask Our Girl to assist us expertise the identical
sorrow and love with which she participated in her Son’s Ardour,
has been set to music by many nice composers.

This episode explores essentially the most well-known and influential setting of
Stabat Mater, accomplished by the 26-year-old Giovanni
Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) as he was dying of tuberculosis. An
interview with main Pergolesi scholar Francesco Cotticelli is
mixed with excerpts from the piece as recorded by La Nuova
Musica (used with permission).


[2:11] The Stabat Mater textual content within the context of liturgy
and Marian devotion

[6:30] Pergolesi’s bio and profession

[9:30] Aria from L’Olimpiade (used with permission from
Lyubov Petrova)

[17:37] Deathbed composition of the Stabat Mater

[18:52] Pergolesi’s place and improvements in sacred music of the

[23:07] First motion, Stabat Mater dolorosa

[35:04] Second motion, Cuius animan gementem

[40:32] Pergolesi’s method to text-setting: alternating
between contemplation and motion

[43:20] Sixth motion, Vidit suum dulcem natum

[50:35] Seventh motion, Eia, Mater, fons amoris

[56:45] Musical traits of the baroque and galant

[58:27] Ninth motion, Sancta mater, istud agas

[1:11:44] Common settings of the Stabat Mater earlier than

[1:12:49] Twelfth motion, Quando corpus morietur

[1:17:20] The somber ending to the piece: hope amidst sorrow

[1:20:30] Modern and later criticism of the piece for
being too theatrical

[1:23:11] Different attention-grabbing settings of the Stabat


Recording by La Nuova Musica (featured on this episode)!/albums/2239

Additionally advisable: Recording by Concerto Italiano

Web site dedicated to settings of the Stabat Mater

The textual content

Lyubov Petrova sings Aristea’s aria from Pergolesi’s opera

La Nuova Musica

Lyubov Petrova

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