About the composer
Aaron Garber was born in 1973 in Weyers Cave, Virginia, USA, as the son of a dairy farmer. He sang in several choirs, completed a B.A. in Music in 1995, and a degree in Choral Conducting in 2000. Having been a full time farmer for some time, he now devotes himself to music, as a composer, and as Director of Church Music for the College Evangelical Lutheran Church in Knoxville. His Stabat Mater was the winning composition of the Raymond W.Brock Student Composition Competition in 2001 and had its world premiere at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in March 2001. Aaron Garber is living in Salem and has a website at aarongarber.com.
About the Stabat Mater
Mixed Choir (SATB)
The Stabat Mater is built around the first two words of the three stanzas that are used: stabat mater, eia mater, sancta mater. These words are alternatively sung by the male and female parts of the choir, and provide a kind of underlying "drone" for the melody. This is a very nice effect, reminding me of Tibetan monks reciting their prayers. A the end, the first line of the first stanza comes back to conclude the piece.
Only the stanzas 1, 9 and 11 of the text are used.
|CD :||Private registration|
|About this CD:|
This is a record of the first performance during the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in March 2001 in San Antonio. The cd is a private registration of the concert performance, which Aaron Garber was so kind to send to me.
|Choir:||East Texas Baptist University Choir|
Willliam Mathias: Sir Christemas