About the composer
Roger Calmel was born in 1920 in the Languedoc region of France. His nearly 400 works span every genre, from chamber music to opera.
He studied with the famous composers Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud. In his choral works he uses a clear style, based on atonality, with much attention to polyphony.
He died in 1998 and is buried in Creissan (Hérault).
About the Stabat Mater
Mixed choir, ondes Martinot, piano, percussion
The Stabat Mater is said to be a good example of Calmel's style. Very interesting is the accompaniment, with the strange combination of piano, a large battery of percussion instruments and the use of the "ondes Martinot", a kind of synthesizer with a unique sound, invented in 1928 by Maurice Martinot. Several versions have been written by Calmel, the first one for baritone solo and female choir.
Only the stanzas 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 20 are sung. The stanzas 11 and 8 have changed place and a repetition of stanza 1 is inserted before the last stanza.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Chamase CHCD 5648: Roger Calmel|
The CD is dedicated to the works of Calmel. Recorded at the Auditorium du C.N.R. de Boulogne-Billancourt in February 1997.
|Choir:||Le Madrigal de Paris|
Les Yeux de Lumiere
|Code:||1997 (CALM 01)|