084.AtTheCrossHerStationKeeping

Please turn to number 84 and join with the clarinets in “At The Cross, Her Station Keeping”.

Number: 84
First Line: At the Cross, her station keeping
Name: STABAT MATER
Meter: 8 8 7. D.
Tempo: Slowly, with dignity
Music: Mainz Gesangbuch, 1661
Text: XIII cent.
Tr. Edward Caswall, 1814-78, and others

Clarinet Arrangement: 084-AtTheCrossHerStationKeeping

The Stabat Mater is a 13th-century Catholichymn to Mary, which portrays her suffering as Jesus Christ‘s mother during his crucifixion. Its author may be either the FranciscanfriarJacopone da Todi or Pope Innocent III.[1][2][3] The title comes from its first line, Stabat Mater dolorosa, which means “the sorrowful mother was standing”.[4]

The hymn is sung at the liturgy on the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Stabat Mater has been set to music by many Western composers, most famously by Palestrina (~1590), Vivaldi(1712), Domenico (1715) and Alessandro Scarlatti (1723), Pergolesi(1736), Joseph Haydn(1767), Rossini(1831-42), Dvořák(1876–77), Verdi(1896-97), Karol Szymanowski(1925–26), Poulenc(1950) and Arvo Pärt (1985).

I wanted to do something unusual with this rather well known and short hymn.

I played first played through the hymn 3 times at 35bpm. Then I doubled it and played at 70bpm. Finally I finished it playing at 140bpm. I was tempted to add another verse at 280bpm, but that proved a bit elusive.

An interesting exercise, trying to keep the beats in all the parts lined up despite the different tempos.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
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