About the composer
James Patten was born in Sheffield, England, in 1936. After studying composition in England and Germany he became Professor of Composition at Trinity College of Music and worked for the BBC Radio in London. His compositions range from Orchestral, Chamber and Choral music to include Light music, mostly written for educational purposes.
About the Stabat Mater
Mixed choir and trebles with string orchestra
The Stabat Mater is easy to listen to, as it is in a tonal idiom. The conductor of the first performance, Richard Stangroom, described it as follows: "... the overall construction and integration of the subtle orchestral texture with the simpler choral writing is very impressive, but, above all, it is the integrity and expressive power of the music which remains in the memory"
The text of the "Vatican"-version is used, but after the 19th stanza an "Amen" is added, and after the 20th stanza "Alleluia". The Stabat Mater is extended with some additional texts. The piece starts with part of the Gradual from the Mass for the Seven Sorrows of the B.V.M., a text that is also used by the Brazilian composer João de Deus de Castro Lobo in his Stabat Mater:
I. Dolorosa et lacrimabilis es, Virgo Maria, stans iuxta Crucem Domini Jesu Filii tui Redemptoris
After the 8th stanza the text of the Ave verum has been added.:
The work is concluded by the Offertorium of the same Mass:
Information about the recording
|CD:||James Patten Volume IV: Organ & Choral Works|
This is not a CD by a commercial company, but received from Mr.Patten himself. Three other CD’s have been dedicated to his Orchestral Music, his Chamber Music and his Light Music.
|Orchestra:||City of London Chamber Players|
|Choir:||Banstead Musical Society (mixed choir) + John Fisher Choir (trebles)|
James Patten, 5 Short Organ Preludes