About the composer
Franchino Gaffori (or Franchinus Gaffurius) was born in Lodi, Italy in 1451. He was director of music at the Milan cathedral from 1484 until his death in 1522. He was well known in Europe as he published several works on musical theory. His “Practica Musicae” from 1496 was reprinted not less than 6 times and was still in use in the 17th century.
About the Stabat Mater
Originally for 4 voices (SATB), performed her by mixed choir.
This is not a pure Stabat Mater, as Gaffori mixed stanzas 1, 3 and 5 with parts of the hymn "De Santa Cruce" and the poem "Adoramus Te, Christe". Though the poem does not, it is nice to see that the hymn follows exactly the rhythm and rhyming scheme of the Stabat.
The complete text is as follows:
Information about the recording
|CD:||Mitra Cd 16 290: Stabat Mater|
Another excursion into the world of Stabat Mater settings. As the CD contains 5 Stabat Mater settings, it should be a “must” for every collector, especially as it has the only Gaffori registration that I know of. Recorded at the St.Martinus church, Euskirchen-Kirchheim, in July 1995. I bought this CD in a record shop in the Netherlands in 1998.
|Choir:||Figural Chor Köln|
Dom Fonteinnes, Gregorian chant