Stabat Mater : adaptation by Koerber : for SATB Choir (Good Friday)
  • francisfrancis
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    Story:

    I was praying the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. I got to the 14th Station and blam, this melody dropped on me like a rock as I meditated on Jesus being laid in the Sepulchre. After finishing praying the stations I quickly jotted down the melody and the harmony of the opening lines. The melody contains some strands of the traditional chant. I started fleshing this out on Easter week... (not a work I expected to take upon myself in Easter week, but I was moved to do so just the same.) It is not finished, but here is a preview of the piece in its half unfinished state... there are eight verses left to add.

    In order to capture the tempo and the pathos of this demo I played it live on a keyboard.

    http://www.myopus.com/preview/stabatMaterKoerber.mp4
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    This is already quite moving! Thank you for sharing what you've already done, and I look forward to the finished piece.
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  • Francis, in my view, what you've done here is quite beautiful and quite remarkable.
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  • francisfrancis
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    hope to finish this week
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  • francisfrancis
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    Finished this Saturday. Will post soon.
  • dad29
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    As Roger Wagner said to Robert Shaw: "You have good ........STUFF!"
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  • The harmony from m. 21 on becomes so rich and exciting. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work.
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  • francisfrancis
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    final version... a few manuscript errors left to clean up and a few audio delays and mishaps.

    http://myopus.com/preview/koerberStabatMater.mp4
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  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    Happy to see underlay added; isn't the meter 3/2?
  • francisfrancis
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    RM

    Yes, you can reduce the fraction if you would like.

    What is an underlay?
  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    Short for text underlay; in the short-score case I suppose I should have said 'overlay'.
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  • francisfrancis
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    Am polishing for publishing. (putting in 3/2 time too)
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  • francisfrancis
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    Found this recently and decided to give it to the world as a gift instead of selling it as a pub, compliments of MyOpus. I feel it is urgent that as many people sing this as possible in reparation to the IHM.

    Perhaps for the 5th Friday in Lent or for Good Friday.

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