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Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Stabat Mater Dolorosa (stä´bät mä´tĕr dō´lōrō´sä) [Lat.,=the sorrowful mother was standing], 13th-century hymn of the Roman Church attributed to Jacopone da Todi. A prayer meditating on the sorrows of the Virgin Mary in her station at the Cross, it was the liturgical sequence for the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin (Sept. 15 and the Friday before Palm Sunday). It is no longer used on the Friday before Palm Sunday and is optional on Sept. 15, but it continues to be sung at nonliturgical Lenten services. It was not admitted as a liturgical sequence until 1727, and musical settings are more numerous after that date. Among composers who have used the text are Josquin Desprez, Palestrina, Pergolesi, Haydn, Schubert, and Rossini.

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Stabat Mater Dolorosa. Opening words (‘The sorrowful Mother was standing…’) of a Latin hymn describing the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the cross of Jesus. Its author and date are unknown, though it is sometimes attributed to Jacapone da Todi (d. 1306). Its beauty and popularity are reflected in the many English translations (e.g. ‘At the Cross her station keeping’) and musical settings, some of which are performed at concerts rather than in liturgy (e.g. Rossini, Liszt, Dvořák, Verdi).

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Stabat Mater Dolorosa (Lat.). ‘A grief-stricken mother was standing’. Devotional poem about Virgin Mary's vigil by Christ's Cross, used as sequence in RC liturgy since 1727 to plainchant melody. Text once attrib. Jacopo de Benedetti, Among the many comp. settings are those by Palestrina, Pergolesi, Haydn, Rossini, Verdi, Dvořák, Stanford, Szymanowski, Berkeley, Howells, and others.

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