About the composer
Giuseppe Tartini was born in 1692 in Pirano, Italy. He studied the violin in the monastry of Assisi and at the age of 19 became first violin player of the orchestra of the Capello del Santo in Padua. Beside being a virtuoso violin player he also was a great teacher. In 1728 he founded a school for violin instruction. He wrote several treatises on violin playing and music theory, in which he describes his discovery of the different tone phenomenon. Tartini composed about 400 works, a.o 120 violin concertos and 40 violin sonatas, and a number of vocal sacred works. Apart from a visit to Prague he stayed his whole life in Padua, where he died in 1770.
About the Stabat Mater
Male choir and organ (CD 1), 2 sopranos, 2 altos and continuo (CD 2)
CD 1: The score of this composition comes from an old booklet 'Secunda anthologia vocalis (Liturgica)', published in Turin, containing three-voiced sacred vocal works . All stanzas has been set to music, but for the even stanzas the melody of the Gregorian chant is used. The odd stanzas all have slightly different melodies, probably variations on a single melody. The simplicity of the score is in complete contrast to the virtuoso works Tartini is famous for, but an attack he had in 1768 maybe accounts for that.
CD 1: All stanzas are sung, but - surprisingly - in a Dutch translation. It is a rhyming translation, clearly based on the "Analecta"-version, from an unknown poet.
Colourbar CD 1
Colourbar CD 2
Information about the recording
|CD1:||Stemra MRK020320: Dipsô|
The music on this disc is sung and played by student priests of the Seminary of St.Jan at ‘s Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. The CD can be bought there, and the proceeds are used for the maintenance of the Seminary. Recorded in February and March 2000.
|Orchestra:||Student Priests of St.Jan Seminary.|
Music for Maundy:
|CD2:||Cypres Records CYP1639: Stabat Mater – Abos – Tartini – Gasparini|
The CD contains three Stabat Mater compositions from about 1760, which have in common that almost the same soloist voices have been used. It was recorded at the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, December 2002.
Isabelle Poulenard and Isabelle Desrochers, sopranos
Girolamo Abos: Stabat Mater