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Friday, April 06, 2012

Stabat Mater Dolorosa ...

For those who find yourself in a meditative mood this Good Friday, I would like to share with you the opening sequence of Rossini's Stabat Mater. It is one of my favourite pieces of music and I try to listen to it every Good Friday.


Stabat mater dolorosa
Juxta crucem lacrymosa,
Dum pendebat filius.  
 At the Cross her station weeping
 Stood the mournful Mother, weeping
 Close to her son at the last

18 comments:

  1. Hello Katherine:
    We share with you a love of this most moving piece of music played here in such a beautiful setting.

    Every joy to you this Eastertide.

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    1. I am so glad it is also a piece that you love. And there is so much more in this that is wonderful!

      I do hope you are having a wonderful Eastertide!

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  2. Today has been enriched by reading some wonderful Good Friday posts, and listening to this, in this gorgeous setting has been lovely. Thankyou. I hope you have a great Easter weekend. Janice

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    1. You are so very welcome, Janice. I am so pleased that you enjoyed this as it is one of my favourite pieces of music.

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  3. Beautiful and so moving, Broad. Thank you. I too find music expressing what I feel today, Handel for me and Rossini for you.

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    1. That is such a beautiful piece that you selected,too. There is so much wonderful music to listen to at this time -- and adds so much to my spiritual life. Happy Easter to you and DH!

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  4. If there was a "Like" button, I'd have clicked it

    Thanks you

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    1. Your welcome, Uncle Skip! Happy Easter and God bless!

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  5. This is beautiful indeed. Thank you so much for posting it

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    1. I highly recommend the whole piece. It really is quite extraordinary. And you are very welcome! Happy Easter, Jenny...

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  6. Thank you, Broad, for introducing me to the Rossini - truly beautiful. I listened to the whole of the Pergolesi 'Stabat Mater' this morning, on Classicfm, and then to 'He was despised' on Perpetua's blog (which is how I found yours!) All very moving and so appropriate for today. I'm hoping to get my own blog going soon (with Perpetua's help - she and I see one another frequently under our 'proper' identities!), so maybe you might feel like having a look when I eventually get going and give me some feedback and advice. Love your photos from the meeting with Perpetua, by the way!

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    1. I did not turn Classic FM on this morning -- I wish I had :-(

      I look forward to seeing your blog when you get it up -- and you could not have a better person to help get you started. Happy Easter, Helva and see you soon!

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  7. it's been a while
    but its lovely

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Happy Easter, John!

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  8. I never understood the look of Michelangelo's Pieta' the sorrowful look of Mary with her dead Son. This music says it all.

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    1. I've seen 'Michelangelo's Pieta' twice: The first time was at the New York World's Fair in the 60's. It was absolutely alone with a bright light shining on it and was amazing, stunning, unforgettable. Unfortunately in order to see it you had to get on this escalator going down and you couldn't stop to gaze at it at your leisure -- but it was unbelievably poignant. It was so fantastic an experience that I braved the lines three times in order to see it again.

      The second time was in the Vatican behind glass -- this after it had been attacked and damaged and subsequently repaired. I was so disappointed because it appeared so grey and not nearly as breathtaking as the it had been when I first saw it.

      I am so glad you found the music moving.

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  9. Thanks for sharing. Happy Easter to you.

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  10. A new Rossini piece for me. Delightful. Not Il barbiere di Siviglia, but as I said, delightful.

    Yes, I'm a few days late; listening to Good Friday music on Easter. But Bears are often a bit slow to getting at things. Other than food.

    Hope you had a blessed Easter!

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