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Stabat Mater

Choir and String Orchestra Vocal Score

By James Macmillan

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Choral, String Orchestra (Vocal Score)
Choir and String Orchestra Vocal Score. Composed by James Macmillan. Boosey & Hawkes Scores/Books. Classical. Softcover. 112 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M060135088. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48024526).

Item Number: HL.48024526

ISBN 178454440X. 9x12 inches. Text: Jacopone da Todi.

Composed in 2015, Stabat Mater was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. Scored for mixed chorus and string orchestra it is a long-awaited sequel to the early masterpiece Seven Last Words from the Cross (1993), for the same forces; indeed, the later work begins with the pianissimo 'dying breaths' with which the earlier score so unforgettably closes.Cast in four movements Stabat Mater has a duration of 53 minutes. Following the première London's Financial Times commented that thecomposer “speaks of a 'painful world of loss, violence, and spiritual desolation' [...]. Both sides of MacMillan are to be found here,the devotional and the painter of bold, dramatic canvases - the former in the ethereal writing for solo and ensemble voices, the latter in the lacerating blows and feverish anxieties depicted in the string ensemble.&rdquo.

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