By William Copper, the composer of Lovelife Dances and Sea Songs

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21st Century Stabat Mater: A major choral work for full chorus and chamber orchestra; a powerful, lyrical, buty contemporary work that follows the ancient text's path beside the cross to the final prayer that God grant us the glory of paradise.

The duration is under ten minutes. In this new piece for chorus, the vocal challenges are moderate to moderately difficult. In the version with chamber orchestra, the orchestra parts are moderately easy to moderate.

Most recently, a revised version is available for chorus a cappella, paired with the short chorale "Young Jesu Sweet". This version contains complete intonation markings. Please see the intonation discussion page for more information. A recording of this version is offered on the American Music Center New Music Jukebox. Go to www.newmusicjukebox.org and search for Stabat Mater by title.

The Stabat Mater may be performed with piano (or organ) accompaniment using the piano reduction in the vocal score.

An amazing set of line-by-line translations for the Stabat Mater can be found at Hans van der Velden's pages. The full Latin text compares the "dolorosa" and "speciosa" versions, and Vatican versions with others.


 1. Stabat Mater dolorosa             2. Cuius animam gementem
    Iuxta crucem lacrimosa               Contristatem et dolentem
    Dum pendebat Filius.                 Per transivit gladius.

 3. O quam tristis et afflicta        4. Quae moerebat et dolebat
    Fuit illa benedicta                  Pia Mater dum videbat
    Mater Unigeniti.                     Nati poenas incliti.

 5. Quis est homo qui not fleret      6. Quis non posset contristari
    Matrem Christi si videret            Christi Matrem contemplari
    In tanto supplicio.                  dolentem cum Filio? 

 7. Pro peccatis suae gentis          8. Vidit suum dulcem natum
    Vidit Iesum in tormentis,            Moriendo desolatum
    Et flagellis subditum.               Dum emisit spiritum.

 9. Eia Mater, fons amoris           10. Fac, ut ardeat cor meum 
    Me sentire vim doloris               In amando Christum Deum
    Fac, ut tecum lugeam.                Ut sibi complaceam.

11. Sancta Mater, istud agas,        12. Tui nati vulnerati,
    Crucifixi fige plagas                Tam dignati pro me pati,
    Cordi Meo valide.                    Poenas mecum divide.

Verses 13-18 not used in Copper's Stabat Mater
13. Fac me tecum, pie, flere,        14. Iuxta crucem tecum stare,
    Et me tibi sociare                   Mihi iam non sis amara
    In planctu desidero                  Fac me tecum plangere

15. Virgo virginum praeclara,        16. Fac, ut portem Christi mortem 
    Mihi iam non sis amara               Passionis fac consortem,             
    Fac me tecum plangere                Et plagas recolere. 

17. Fac me plagis vulnerari,         18. Flammis ne urrar succensus 
    Fac me cruce inebriari,              Per Te, Virgo, sim defensus
    Et cruore Filii                      In die iudicii 

19. Christe, cum sit hinc exire,     20. Quando corpus morietur,
    Da per Matrem me venire              Fac, ut animae donetur
    Ad palmam victoriae                  Paradisi gloria.  Amen. 

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