Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki
About the composer
Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (c. 1666 – 1734) was born in Silesi, then Bohemia. He attended the University of Prague where he graduated from the department of Liberal Arts and Philosophy and then attended the University of Vienna where he gained a licentiate in Theology. He arrived in Krakow in 1689 or 1690 where he attended the Catholic Seminary.
Immediately after his ordination in 1692, he was appointed to the academy for missionary priests in Chełmno in Pomerania, where he lectured in rhetoric and poetry. He also conducted the local orchestra.
After two years, he returned to Kraków, where he was appointed Curate of the cathedral, and performed in the cathedral orchestra. He was appointed conductor on January 10, 1698, and remained in this position untill his death in 1734.
The earliest recorded information on any of Gorczycki’s works dates from 1694, but he must have written a substantial amount before 1698 in order to be appointed Kapellmeister. Unfortunately none of his compositions were ever published during his lifetime. Most of his work have been lost; 39 works can however be safely attributed to him.
About the Stabat Mater
Mixed choir a capella
The melody is the same for Stanza 1 and 2 have the same, simple but polyphonic melody.
Only four stanzas are sung: 1,2, 9 and 10
Information about the recording
Fré Thissen made me aware of this composer, unknown to me! Thanks a lot!
|Choir:||Vocal Octet Octava|
Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki: Dignare me, Laudate Te, Gaude Maria Virgo, Tota Pulchra es Maria, Rorate Caeli
|Code:||2010 MACD 0 (236)1 227|