About the composer
Jean-Marie Plum was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1899. He first studied piano and organ. During the first World War he took part in the resistance against the German invaders and eventually had to go in hiding for a long period, during which he taught himself composition. After the war he entered a religious order (l'Ordre des Frères Serviteurs de Sainte Marie), went to Rome to complete his theological studies. In 1927 Father Plum entered the monastery in Brussels where he build his reputation as a composer and became one of the leading figures of an artistic renewal in the Church.
He was known for his love of music, his amiability and his deep piety. In his works he combined the old Christian music with modern harmonies. His whole life he had a very delicate health and it was this chronic sinusitus that led to his death in 1944.
Beside the Stabat Mater he also composed a adaptation for organ of the plain chant Stabat Mater sequence.
About the Stabat Maters
|Particulars||The Introduction, Variations et Final sur le Stabat Mater traditionel, opus 138 is an adaptation for organ solo of the plain chant Stabat Mater melody.|
|Performers||Soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone, bass and organ.|
|Particulars||The Stabat Mater, opus 192 seems to be divided into nine sections, though mostly you can hardly hear any separation. The exception is stanza 11 where the organ plays a short introduction based on the plain chant melody. Generally, the music is simple and melodious.|
|Textual variations||The "Vatican" text is used, with no changes.|
|CD||Number unknown: Jean-Marie Plum, Magnificat|
|About this CD||Not the real CD, but a copy. Beside the Stabat
Mater it contains a number of other compositions of Father Plum.
It was recorded at the Basilica-Sanctuario Beata Vergine, in Caravaggio, September 2001.
I received this CD as a present from my friend Franco Nava from Rho, Italy.
|Choir||Coro Polifonico "Andrea Gabrieli"|
|Conductor||Albertomaria Piacentini Scotti|
|Soloists||Patrizia di Vita, soprano
Flora Streparola, contralto
Omar Alquati, tenor
Silvano Villa, baritone
Salvatore Gianbruno, bass
Simone Bolzoni, organ
|Other works||Magnificat, op.172 (choir and organ)
Clementissime Domine, op. 124 (organ solo)
Laudate Dominum, op. 132 (choir and organ)
Regina Coeli (choir)
Regnavit Dominus, op. 150 (organ solo)
Te Deum nr.3, op.174 (choir, orchestra, organ)
Hymnus Septem S.S.Fundatorum, op. 10 (soloists, choir, organ)
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