Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater

Karol Szymanowski Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater

Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater

Opus:
op. 53
Year of composition:
1925-1926
Scored for:
for soprano, alto, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra
Composer:
Karol Szymanowski
Choir:
SATB
Soloists:
soprano, alto, baritone
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 0 0 - perc(4), hp, org, str(8 8 6 6 4)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in Bb
2nd trumpet in Bb
percussion(4)
harp
organ
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
No. 1 - Soprano Solo - Coro (Soprani e Alti)
No. 2 - Baritono Solo - Coro (SATB)
No. 3 - Soprano Solo, Alto Solo - Coro (Soprani e Alti)
No. 4 - Soprano Solo, Alto Solo - Coro a capella (SATB)
No. 5 - Baritono Solo - Coro (SATB)
No. 6 - Soprano Solo, Alto Solo, Baritono Solo - Coro (SATB)
Duration:
25’
Dedication:
Pamieci Izabeli Krystallowej
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Work introduction

Unlike the works Karol Szymanowski composed during the first two decades of the 20th century, his Stabat Mater could only have been written in a country with Slavic culture. Drawing on his musical roots and mother tongue, he wrote a transparent score for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra. It is all fascinatingly simple. The melodies consist of minor and major seconds and thirds and the pace of most movements is slow; only the second movement has a rhythm and melody that seem to pre-empt Orff’s Carmina Burana. It is a unique masterpiece of oratorio.


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Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater

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for soprano, alto, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra , 25’
Instr.: 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 0 0 - perc(4), hp, org, str(8 8 6 6 4)

World première

Location:
Warsaw (PL)
Date:
11.01.1929
Conductor:
Grzegorz Fitelberg
Main soloists:
Stanislawa Szymanowska

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