About the composer
Tyler Versluis is a Canadian composer, organist, conductor and music educator based in Toronto, Ontario. He has been commissioned and performed by Canada’s top contemporary music organizations, as well as groups in the USA, France, the Netherlands, and Lithuania. Tyler holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto. Tyler studied music at Brock University and later completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, where he received the John Weinzweig Graduating Scholarship. In addition to his composition work, Tyler has worked as an organist and choirmaster in various liturgical settings since 2008, and works as a mentor specializing in music creation and theory.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, organ and percussion instruments
Tylers Stabat Mater was composed for the Lenten season at Saint Matthew's Anglican Church in Etobicoke, Canada in 2022. Like many other composers, his motivation behind composing a Stabat Mater lays in his desire to take part in a tradition, both religious and musical. The gorgeous settings of the Stabat Mater text, by composers such as Szymanowski, MacMillan and Poulenc were role models, but he was also eager to express his own aesthetic and spiritual convictions. Tyler wrote: 'Carpentry and wood-based artisanship have been in my family for several generations, and the simple, mournful wooden figures of the Pietà and the Pensive Christ, common in central-European Catholic folk traditions, served as a visual icon to the composition. Like these wooden figures, I was composing as if I was carving from a living substance, freeing the objection of devotion in order to communicate direct and heartfelt emotions without abstractions or intertextual derivations. '
Only the stanzas 1 - 10 and 20 are sung. The 'Vatican'-version of the text has been used.
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Mr. Versluis was kind enough to inform me about his composition and sent me excerpts of his Stabat Mater (with scores). Thank you so much!
Lyndsay Promane, mezzo-soprano