About the composer
From Wikipedia: Stephen Paulus (born, 1949 in New Jersey) was an American composer, best known for his operas and choral music. His best-known composition is the opera The Postman Always Rings Twice, one of several operas he composed for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, which prompted The New York Times to call him “a young man on the road to big things”. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation and won the prestigious Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize. He was commissioned by such notable organisations as the Minnesota Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, the American Composers Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, the Harvard Glee Club and the New York Choral Society. Paulus was a passionate advocate for the works and careers of his colleagues. He co-founded the American Composers Forum in 1973, the largest composer service organisation in the U.S., and served as the Symphony and Concert Representative on the ASCAP Board of Directors from 1990 until his death (from complications following a stroke in July 2013) in 2014.
About the Stabat Mater
The setting of Stephen Paulus sprang from a commission (thanks to a gift in memory of her father from Dr. M. Stacey Albin-Wilson) by the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus for a companion piece to Palestrina's celebrated version. Its scoring was to be the same (double choir) and it was to treAt the text in a largely homophonic and non-repetitive manner.
The Vatican-version of the text has been used.
Information about the recording
|CD1:||REGCD 414 American Declarations|
This cd was (another) gift from Mr. Hubert Maillard from Switzerland. I was so surprised by the text from Mr. Philipp Barnes in the CD booklet where I read:
Thank you so much Mr. Maillard and Mr. Philip Barnes!
|Choir:||Saint Louis Chamber Chorus|
Hymn to music, Dudley Buck