Stabat Mater – Soundtrack for Good Friday

The Stabat Mater is an 18th century hymn to Mary, the mother of Jesus. The text was put to music by a number of composers but Pergolesi’s treatment has the right mixture of sorrow and lyricality to be absolutely transcendent. The duets for soprano and alto just give you the chills – they scratch an itch somewhere between your grief-bone and your ohgodyesyesyes-bone.

For more about Pergolesi read Micheline Walker’s wonderful post. Visit Wikipedia for text and translation of the Stabat Mater.