About the composer
From Wikipedia: Stephen Paulus (August 24, 1949 – October 19, 2014) was a Grammy winning American composer, best known for his operas and choral music. His best-known piece is his 1982 opera The Postman Always Rings Twice, one of several operas he composed for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, which prompted The New York Times to call him “a young man on the road to big things”. His style is essentially tonal, and melodic and romantic by nature. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation and won the prestigious Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize. He was commissioned by such notable organizations as the Minnesota Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, the American Composers Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, the Harvard Glee Club and the New York Choral Society. Paulus was a passionate advocate for the works and careers of his colleagues. He co-founded the American Composers Forum in 1973, the largest composer service organization in the U.S., and served as the Symphony and Concert Representative on the ASCAP Board of Directors from 1990 until his death (from complications following a stroke in July 2013) in 2014.
About the Stabat Mater
Double mixed chorus, a capella
This Stabat Mater was commissioned by the Saint Louis Chamber chorus for a companion piece to Palestrina's version. Its scoring was to be the same - for double choir - and it was to treat the text in a largely homophonic and non repetitive manner.
The "Vatican"-version of the text has been used. All twenty stanzas are sung.
|CD :||REGCD 414 American Declarations Mater Stephen Paulus|
|About this CD:|
This cd was (another) gift from Mr. Hubert Maillard from Switzerland. I was so surprised by the text from Philipp Barnes in the CD booklet where I read:
…Another mother’s grief is recounted in the celebrated 13th century hymn, the Stabat Mater. While doubt surrounds its authorship the power of its graphic imagery is undeniable. Little surprise, then, that so many composers across centuries and continents have been draw to it; one CD collector, Hans van der Velden had gathered 241 versions by the time of his death…
Thank you so much Mr. Maillard and Mr. Philip Barnes!
|Choir:||St. Louis Chamber Chorus|
Hymn to music - Dudley Buck