About the composer
Josquin Des Préz, or Després (c.1450 - 1521) was born in Hainault in Belgium. He was probably a student with Ockegem. He worked almost 10 years at the Chapel of the Pope in Rome, then with the court of Louis XII of France and finally was Provost of the Chapter at Condé. Composed a.o. 25 masses, more than 120 motets and more than 60 chansons. His style started a new musical period, the Musica Reservata. It is characterized by its great mobility, it is open-hearted and elegant.
The composer Balint Bakfark (1507-1576) used this Stabat Mater for a piece for lute.
About the Stabat Mater
|Performers||Mixed Choir (originally: 5 voices)|
|Length||7.56 minutes (CD 1), 8.24 minutes (CD 2) and 7.27 minutes (CD 3)|
|Particulars||A motet. The polyphony is constructed around a "cantus firmus" that is supposedly taken from a secular song by Gilles Binchois: the "Tenor" from Comme femme desconfortée. Compared to the English Renaissance music the stile is relaxed. The stanzas are sung smoothly one after the other, with one exception: after "dum emisit spiritum", the last breath of Jesus, the singers hold a subtle pause.|
|Textual variations||The "Analecta"-text is used, but the stanzas 11 through 14 are omitted.|
|CD 1||Harmonia Mundi 901243: Josquin Desprez, Stabat Mater - Motets|
|About this CD||6 motets by Desprez, beautifully sung.
Recorded at the Basilique Notre-Dame des Tables, Montpellier, in May 1986
|Choir||La Chapelle Royale|
|Other works||Ave Maria
Ave nobilissima creatura
O bone et dulcissime Jesu
Usquequo, Domine, oblivisceris me
|Added||Unknown (DES 01)|
|CD 2||ASV Quicksilva CD QS 6234: Stabat Mater - Late medieval Motets of Penitence and Passion|
|About this CD||7 Motets by different composers, beautifully
Recorded at the Church of St.Michael and All Angels, Mount Dinham, Exeter, in June 1998.
I bought this CD on the Internet, Amazon.com, 2001
|Other works||Jean Mouton: Ave Maria Gemma Virginum
William Pashe: Sancta Maria Mater Dei
Orlande di Lassus: Stabat Mater
William Cornysh, Jr: Wofully araide
John Sheppard: Media Vita
Nicholas Gombert: Lugebat David Absalon
|CD 3||KRO ES47.425 Stabat Mater 2003|
|About this CD||The recording of the fifth concert organized by the Dutch
Stabat Mater Foundation.
Recorded at the St.Petrus church, Oirschot, in April 2003.
|Other works||Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater
Franz Schubert: Stabat Mater D.383
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