About the composer
Vivienne Olive was born on 31st May 1950 in London. She studied music at Trinity College (piano, organ and harpsichord) and music theory at the University of York. In 1971 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree which was followed by further studies with Bernard Rands (York), Franco Donatoni (Milan) and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (Vienna). In 1975 she was awarded a doctorate in composition from the University of York. In 1976 she moved to Germany where she studied composition with Klaus Huberand and harpiscord with Stanislav Heller in Freiburg. In 1979 she was appointed lecturer of music theory at the Nuremberg-Augsburg Academy of Music. She spent time in Australia. a.o. as composer in residence in Budanon, New South Wales, in 2005. In her compositions, she combines serial techniques with tonal elements.
About the Stabat Mater
Eight female voices
The origin of "Stabat Mater" was Palestrina's work of the same name, whose overwhelming and yet reserved sadness deeply moved the composer. The composer worked serially with the soprano line of Palestrinas work. The result is a tonal - atonal clash which sometines gives the impression of „blue notes“ soundign against triadic harmony. The singers are in fact directed to sing in the style of a „negro spiritual“.
It was difficult to understand the text. As far as I can hear, only the first two lines of the first stanza (Stabat Mater Dolorosa, Juxta Crucem Lacrymosa) are sung. That's why I did not make a colourbar.
No colourbar as I could not understand the text.
Information about the recording
|CD:||debut II, Cavalli Records CCD 320|
This is a double cd with works by twelve women composers, performed by women students of the Cologne College of Music. It consists of early as well as modern music.
|Choir:||women students of the Cologne College of Music: Jenny Haecker, Trine Lund, Karolina Brachman, Nina Kreuser, Hayat Chaouni, Gudrun Wolf-Jaecks - Soprano Vera Frey, Antje Günther - Mezzo soprano|
|Code:||2010 MACD-01 (238)|