About the composer
Ennio Morricone was born in 1928 in Rome, Italy on November 10. As the son of a trumpet player it is not surprising that he started his musical studies in a trumpet class. He also graduated in instrumentation and composition. Even before that he started composing background music for radio dramas. In 1965 he received an award for the music for “A fistful of dollars” and in 1968 he decided to devote most of his time to composing film music. In this year alone he composed 20 film scores. In 1969 he became world famous for his music for “Once upon a time in the west”. Besides many other awards his music for “The Mission” and “The Untouchables” got Oscar nominations. Morricone died on July 6th in 2020.
About the Stabat Mater
Female choir and orchestra
The Stabat Mater is part of the score for a movie "Il sorriso del grande Tentatore" (the smile of the great temptator). It is about a group of people in a secluded house, all struggling with their feelings of sin and guilt, and guided by a nun obsessed by the need for Catholic perfection and holyness. When a writer moves into the house, who is convinced of the need for complete spiritual freedom, a battle of spirits follows.
Only the first stanza of the poem is used. The soundtrack is divided into six parts, with the exception of the third part each referring to one of the official sequenzes of the Catholic church (Veni sancte spiritus, Victimae paschalis laudes, Lauda Sion, Stabat Mater and Dies Iriae). The third part is based on Beethoven's choral from the ninth symphony. The texts of these sequenzes are mixed in a kind of collage, so that within the Stabat Mater the sentence Veni sancte spiritus is used frequenty, and also the sentence from the Responsorium Domine quando veneris. In the Dies Irae we hear not only these sentences, but also the text from the Stabat Mater repeated.
Information about the recording
|BEAT CD CR 18: Dall Ardenne all’Inferno/Il Sorriso del grande Tentatore
Soundtracks of two movie pictures
|Coro di voci bianche dell'Arcum
Sound track of the movie "Dall Ardenne all'Inferno"