Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater

  • for soprano, alto, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 0 0 - perc(4), hp, org, str(8 8 6 6 4)
  • Duration: 25’
  • Soloists:
    soprano, alto, baritone
  • 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
    violin I
    violin II
  • Choir: SATB
  • Composer: Karol Szymanowski
  • 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)
  • Dedication: Pamieci Izabeli Krystallowej

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.

Stabat Mater at culture.pl


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Warsaw (PL)
Grzegorz Fitelberg
Main soloists:
Stanislawa Szymanowska

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