About the composer
Anna Ignatowicz was born in 1968 in Warsaw, Poland. She studied composition and piano improvisation, graduating from the Frederyk Chopin Academy of Music in 1996. She also took a course in Computer Music. In addition to composing music she is a teacher and writer.
Her main compositions are instrumental, frequently using unusual combinations of instruments (pieces for two marimbas, for soprano saxophone and clavichord, for harpsichord and organ), and especially percussion (Concerto breve, for percussion and symphony orchestra, It is only time, for trumpet, percussion and tape, Thus … Memory Loses, for solo percussion and tape).
The Stabat Mater looks like an outsider in her work, being written for a cappella choir. It is noteworthy that this is the first female composer of a Stabat Mater in my collection!
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano and mixed choir
No clear division in parts can be noticed. The piece works in ascending notes to a climax in the third stanza. Then the music softens when the soprano comes in, and finally ends in a slow and soothing "Amen". An easy to listen to, and enjoyable little work.
The "Vatican"-version of the text is used, but only the stanzas 1, 2, 3, 9,10,19 and 20 are sung.
|CD :||Acte Prealable AP0100: XXIth Century Polish Choral Music|
|About this CD:|
This disc is a review of modern Polish sacred choral works for a cappella choir. The singing is of a very high standard. It also contains a Stabat Mater composition “Quando Corpus” by Marcin Wierzbicki. Recorded at the Academy of Music in Warsaw in December 2000.
|Choir:||Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis|
Maria Pokrzywinska: Cantate Domino