Giovanni Maria Nanini
About the composer
Giovanni Maria Nanini (in some encyclopaedias Nanino) was born in Tivoli, Italy, probably about 1545. He sang tenor at the S. Maria Maggiore cathedral in Rome and became its choirmaster in 1567. From 1577 he sang tenor in the Sixtine Chapel, becoming choirmaster in 1586. Together with his brother Giovanni Bernardino and with the help of Palestrina he established Rome’s first public school of music. He composed madrigals, motets and other secular and sacred works. He is regarded as one of the greatest contrapuntists of his time.
About the Stabat Mater
A simple polyphonic interpretation of three stanzas, nothing like the much more complicated music of his contemporaries Palestrina and Lassus. Probably composed early in his career. The melody is the same for every stanza, so it could easily be used for all 20 stanzas. In fact, it is still being used in a more extensive form, sung alternately with plain chant, in rituals like the "stations of the cross " on Good Friday.
Only the stanzas 1, 8 and 20 are sung on this CD.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Collection Liturgies D2598 SM 43: Vivante Parole|
This CD is a collection of religious songs and music, compiled by the priest Lucien Deiss and recorded between 1958 and 1980. It is promoted by an organization of missionaries, la Congrégation du Saint-Esprit. I bought this CD in a record shop in the Netherlands, 2001
|Choir:||Schola des Pères du Saint-Esprit de Chevilly|
Plain chant: Ave Maria