Marcin Mateusz Wierzbicki
About the composer
Marcin Mateusz Wierzbicki was born in 1969 in Lublin, Poland. He studied composition , graduating with distinction from the Frederyk Chopin Academy of Music in 1994. He is still working at this Academy, as an assistant at the Computer Music Studio. He took several courses in computer music. His compositions, mostly electro-acoustic works, were frequently performed in music festivals of modern music. His Quando Corpus looks like an outsider in his work, being written for a cappella choir.
About the Stabat Mater
Though the composition is not called "Stabat Mater", but "Quando Corpus", I regard this a real Stabat Mater as it uses part of the text of the poem like many composers do. In this case the last stanza is used. The piece is mostly built up from single words of this stanza, sung on single notes by different groups of the choir. At first the notes are held rather long, but as this gets shorter and more explosive, the total effect reminds me of the ringing of church bells. This "wall of sound" is broken down and brought to appeasement by the "Paradisi gloria" part, though chaos fights a final time back with a staccato "Quando Corpus". A fine piece, which gets better every time you listen to it.
Only stanza 20 is sung, without the "Amen".
Information about the recording
|CD:||Acte Prealable AP0100: XXIth Century Polish Choral Music|
This disc is a review of modern Polish sacred choral works for a cappella choir. The singing is of a very high standard. It also contains the Stabat Mater of Anna Ignatowicz. Recorded at the Academy of Music in Warsaw in December 2000.
|Choir:||Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis|
Maria Pokrzywinska: Cantate Domino