About the composer
Nicola Piovani was born in 1946. He took a degree in piano in 1967 and studied composition with the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis. In 1969 he started a career writing movie soundtracks, working with directors as Marco Bellocchio (Marcia trionfale), Federico Fellini (Ginger e Fred) and the Taviani brothers (Kaos). He also wrote the soundtracks for a number of movies outside Italy. He received an Oscar for the music by Roberto Bellini’s movie Life is Beautiful, and the Ciak d’Oro for Nanni Moretti’s movie La Stanza di Figlio (The son’s room). With texts from Vincenzo Cerami he wrote three “musical tales” and with him he also composed “La Pietà”, a Stabat Mater concertante for two female voices, reciter and orchestra.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, Soul singer, Reciter and orchestra
|Length:||16.40 (Stabat Mater part) minutes|
La Pieta is a kind of oratory in 6 parts, that starts in the first movement with a rather free Italian translation of the first stanzas of the Stabat Mater poem, but where the last part is the actual Stabat Mater Dolorosa. Most text in the piece is recited, and tells about two mothers who lost their sons, the son of the white mother in the city by an overdose of drugs, the baby of the black mother in Africa by lack of food. In the second and fourth movements the women sing their complaints, in the fifth movement a lullaby is sung. The music varies from harsh sounds to fine melodies, with a jazzy flavour, but always interesting to listen to. The Stabat Mater movement starts with a recited intro, after which the two voices sing the original Latin texts, several times interrupted by the narrator, reciting parts if the Italian translation. Use the link on the bottom of this page to listen to the intro of the fourth movement.
The texts by Cerami are poetic, but very pessimistic: God made the universe in such a way that man can find no trace of him. For the Latin texts the "Analecta"-version is followed, but stanzas 9, 10 and 13-17 are omitted, while stanza 1 is repeated after stanza 18.
Information about the recording
|CD:||EMI Classics 7243 5263022 6: La Pietà, Stabat Mater concertante per due voci femminili, voce recitante e orchestra|
Recording of a live performance in Teatro Mancinelli, Orvieto, in November 1998. I bought this CD on the Internet, MovieBoulevard.co.uk, 2003
|Orchestra:||I Solisti dell'Orchestra Aracoeli|
Rita Cammarano, soprano