Vivaldi Stabat Mater & Bach Cantata, BWV 82

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Tuesday In Holy Week

Tuesday In Holy Week

O God, by the passion of thy blessed Son didst make an instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Vivaldi’s¬†Stabat Mater ¬†for countertenor and strings was composed in 1712 for the church of Santa Maria della Pace in Brescia, Italy.¬† Noteworthy as Vivaldi’s first sacred work, it is a simple, beautiful setting of the 13th¬† century sequence for the Feast of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Vivaldi’s intricate instrumental writing for strings is evident in this work; the weeping string motifs present a moving counterpoint to the lyrical vocal line, vividly evoking the suffering of Mary at the foot of the cross.

Bach’s Cantata, Ich habe genug, scored for baritone, oboe and strings, was written in Leipzig for the Feast of the Purification in 1727. The Purification commemorates an incident recorded by St. Luke in which Mary takes the baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem to offer ritual sacrifices encountering the aged Simeon on whose canticle the libretto is based.¬†The work expresses a yearning for death and the hereafter through its life-affirming music.¬†