PERGOLESI, Giovanni Battista, 1710-1736
Für Sopran, Alt, Streicher & Bassso Continuo. Faksimile des Autographs
herausgegeben von Tineke Steenbrink
[Stabat mater, soprano, alto, strings& bc]
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Magdeburg, 2013. Oblong, 31 x 24 cm, 5, 82 pp. 4-color facsimile of the autograph score preserved in the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino. Although Pergolesi’s œurve is often subject to misattribution, the Stabat mater in C minor is a genuine work (possibly the composer’s last), commissioned by the Confraternità dei Cavalieri di San Luigi di Palazzo (Naples). The Order presented an annual Good Friday meditation in honor of the Virgin Mary and Pergolesi’s setting replaced the one by Alessandro Scarlatti composed only 9 years earlier. This moving setting—in striking “durezze e ligature” style—conveys the story of the suffering of the Virgin Mary at the foot of the cross; it went through numerous reprinting in the 18th c. and inspired many composers including J.S. Bach.