dominickdiorio
conductor composer
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"Stabat mater dolorosa..."

Voice

solo voice with ensemble, chorus with chamber ensemble

work detail

instrumentation: SATB, countertenor, flute, clarinet, viola, cello, piano, percussion, and viola da gamba

completion date: february 2007

duration: 18 minutes

texts: Walt Whitman (1819-1892) "In midnight sleep" from Leaves of Grass; Emily Dickinson "This world is not confusion"; Traditional, "Ave maria" (in Latin)

audio

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - II. In midnight sleep

Juventas New Music Ensemble

Martin Near, countertenor
Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - I: La meditation au Corps Cassé

Live recording from November 2011 featuring: Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba; Schola Cantorum of Boston - Fred Jodry, director; and Juventas New Music Ensemble - Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director and conductor.

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - III: Ave maria... gratia plena

Live recording from November 2011 featuring: Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba; Schola Cantorum of Boston - Fred Jodry, director; and Juventas New Music Ensemble - Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director and conductor.

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - IV: This world is not conclusion (Dickinson)

Live recording from November 2011 featuring: Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba; Schola Cantorum of Boston - Fred Jodry, director; and Juventas New Music Ensemble - Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director and conductor.

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - V: Epitaph

Live recording from November 2011 featuring: Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba; Schola Cantorum of Boston - Fred Jodry, director; and Juventas New Music Ensemble - Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director and conductor.

videos

Stabat mater dolorosa

performances

november 18, 2011 (Premiere)

“Through the Looking Glass: old sounds reinvented”
St. John the Evangelist – Boston, MA
Juventas New Music Ensemble; Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director
Schola Cantorum of Boston, Fred Jodry, director
Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba

november 19, 2011

“Through the Looking Glass: old sounds reinvented”
First Unitarian Church - Providence, RI
Juventas New Music Ensemble; Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director
Schola Cantorum of Boston, Fred Jodry, director
Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba

november 20, 2011

“Through the Looking Glass: old sounds reinvented”
The Boston Conservatory - Seully Hall - Boston, MA
Juventas New Music Ensemble; Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director
Schola Cantorum of Boston, Fred Jodry, director
Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba

october 08, 2013

"Timescapes: Ancient Reflections in Modern Music"
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Andrew Rader, countertenor; Eric Fisher, viola da gamba
Jacobs School of Music - Auer Hall - Bloomington, IN

movements

  1. La meditation au Corps Cassé
  2. In midnight sleep (Whitman)
  3. Ave maria... gratia plena
  4. This world is not conclusion (Dickinson)
  5. Epitaph

program note

“such was a poet and shall be and is
-- who’ll solve the depths of horror to defend
a sunbeam’s architecture with his life:
to hold a mountain’s heartbeat in his hand.”
-- e. e. cummings


“Stabat mater dolorosa…” is conceived as a literal sculpture in sound with the formal architecture of a cantata. The work does not actually set the text of the Latin sequence. Rather, it creates a monument to the image of the “sorrowful mother standing.” To this degree, it incorporates a symmetrical structure throughout, both in its five-movement design—with vocal soloist in 2, 3, and 4, and choir only in the middle movement—and in the physical setup of its players on stage. The viola da gamba is the instrumental foil of the countertenor; providing a balance of timbre and hue.

I set texts of Whitman and Dickinson for the countertenor, and the choir and soloist join together for a singing of the “Ave Maria.” These middle movements are framed by two sparse instrumental textures, using only a portion of the ensemble. Contrary to most of my music, no hint of optimism is to be found here. We become witnesses to the act of grieving over a loss.

information

audio

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - II. In midnight sleep

Juventas New Music Ensemble

Martin Near, countertenor
Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - I: La meditation au Corps Cassé

Live recording from November 2011 featuring: Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba; Schola Cantorum of Boston - Fred Jodry, director; and Juventas New Music Ensemble - Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director and conductor.

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - III: Ave maria... gratia plena

Live recording from November 2011 featuring: Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba; Schola Cantorum of Boston - Fred Jodry, director; and Juventas New Music Ensemble - Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director and conductor.

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - IV: This world is not conclusion (Dickinson)

Live recording from November 2011 featuring: Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba; Schola Cantorum of Boston - Fred Jodry, director; and Juventas New Music Ensemble - Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director and conductor.

"Stabat mater dolorosa..." - V: Epitaph

Live recording from November 2011 featuring: Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba; Schola Cantorum of Boston - Fred Jodry, director; and Juventas New Music Ensemble - Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director and conductor.


videos

Stabat mater dolorosa


performances

november 18, 2011 (Premiere)

“Through the Looking Glass: old sounds reinvented”
St. John the Evangelist – Boston, MA
Juventas New Music Ensemble; Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director
Schola Cantorum of Boston, Fred Jodry, director
Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba

november 19, 2011

“Through the Looking Glass: old sounds reinvented”
First Unitarian Church - Providence, RI
Juventas New Music Ensemble; Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director
Schola Cantorum of Boston, Fred Jodry, director
Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba

november 20, 2011

“Through the Looking Glass: old sounds reinvented”
The Boston Conservatory - Seully Hall - Boston, MA
Juventas New Music Ensemble; Lidiya Yankovskaya, artistic director
Schola Cantorum of Boston, Fred Jodry, director
Martin Near, countertenor; Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba

october 08, 2013

"Timescapes: Ancient Reflections in Modern Music"
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Andrew Rader, countertenor; Eric Fisher, viola da gamba
Jacobs School of Music - Auer Hall - Bloomington, IN


press


movements

  1. La meditation au Corps Cassé
  2. In midnight sleep (Whitman)
  3. Ave maria... gratia plena
  4. This world is not conclusion (Dickinson)
  5. Epitaph

program note

“such was a poet and shall be and is
-- who’ll solve the depths of horror to defend
a sunbeam’s architecture with his life:
to hold a mountain’s heartbeat in his hand.”
-- e. e. cummings


“Stabat mater dolorosa…” is conceived as a literal sculpture in sound with the formal architecture of a cantata. The work does not actually set the text of the Latin sequence. Rather, it creates a monument to the image of the “sorrowful mother standing.” To this degree, it incorporates a symmetrical structure throughout, both in its five-movement design—with vocal soloist in 2, 3, and 4, and choir only in the middle movement—and in the physical setup of its players on stage. The viola da gamba is the instrumental foil of the countertenor; providing a balance of timbre and hue.

I set texts of Whitman and Dickinson for the countertenor, and the choir and soloist join together for a singing of the “Ave Maria.” These middle movements are framed by two sparse instrumental textures, using only a portion of the ensemble. Contrary to most of my music, no hint of optimism is to be found here. We become witnesses to the act of grieving over a loss.


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