About the composer
Ermano Maggini was born in Intragna, Tessin in Switzerland in 1931. He studied at the Musikakademie Zürich and for a short time at the Academy in Barcelona, Spain. In Zürich he founded a school for guitar playing and he worked as a teacher at other schools, for instance the Kantonsschule Wiedikon. Maggini’s 55 compositions – chamber music, vocal music, works for soli and orchestra – all appeared within about twenty years. His vocal music should always be seen as sacred music, including his settings of modern poems. Maggini died in 1991 in his place of birth.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, mixed choir and orchestra
The Stabat Mater was commissioned by the Kantonsschule Wiedikon. It does not have clearly discernable divisions and moves along in a slow, measured pace, sometimes resembling a funeral procession. Often strongly discordant sounds can be heard, emphasizing the somberness of the text.
Maggini used the "Analecta"-version of the text, but with following changes:
Information about the recording
|CD:||KSW 4 1990: Antonin Rejcha – Requiem, Ermano Maggini – Stabat Mater|
The disc is a live recording of a concert with the first performance of this work by the choir that has commissioned it. I received it as a gift, thanks to Mr.Willi Oeschger, the Administrative Manager of the Choir.
|Choir:||Choir of the Kantonsschule Wiedikon Zürich|
Quartet of soloists (no names)
Antonin Rejcha: Requiem