Our latest discovery is a Stabat Mater from Turkey by Mr. Ali Riza Saral, titled Stood her in pain, a pseudo religious cantata. The poignant text, English and Turkish, written by the composer himself, incorporates many quotes from the Stabat Mater in Latin. Mr. Saral is from a Muslim family, he wrote to us, so he decided that he should modify the words of the original text, in order not to offend anybody either Christian or Muslim: I do believe in Jesus Christ as well as I believe in the potential for good as a remedy to the human situation, in every religion or prime belief. You will find his adaptation of the Stabat Mater text here.
Saral composed his Stabat mater for mixed choir, Piccolo Flute, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trompete, Trombone, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, ContraBass.
From Mr. Saral’s preface to his score: Stood Her in Pain:
…Stabat Mater Dolorosa is a precious element in the Western creativity. Italian composers Pergolesi and Vivaldi have written gorgeous examples of it. Stabat Mater tells his Mother’s situation at the head of crucified Jesus. It is a holy moment in the history of humanity. In fact, this subject is universal. In the year 2016 of Turkey, many a mother who lost her son had to stand at the head of his coffin. My work expresses the terrible pain of these mothers and is inspired by the Stabat Mater text and by the killings in Turkey and worldwide. The piece, in one single movement, uses 10 stanza’s, similar to Verdi’s Stabat Mater. There are a few solo parts for tenor and soprano to be sung out of the choir. There are many word painting examples throughout the piece...
This Stabat-Mater composition is still waiting for a (world) premiere. Who wants to perform this composition with human singers and players, a real world premiere? Here you will find the richly instrumented score of Stood her in pain/Stabat Mater for download.
Listen to the composition (digitally synthesized) with Musescore: