Boccherini’s 1800 settings of the Stabat mater for two sopranos and tenor is clearly influenced Pergolesi’s Stabat mater of 1736, Boccherini even used the same key (F minor). Perhaps that’s why Boccherini’s Stabat mater is so neglected. Whatever the reason for the neglect, those who neglect don’t know what they’re missing, it’s a remarkably beautiful piece of music lyrical, expressive, and straight from the heart. I’m planning a posting featuring the work in its entirety – it’ll appear here in a few weeks, but to whet your appetite here’s Sarah Fox performing ‘Fac ut portem Christi mortem‘
Text: Fac ut portem Christi mortem (Stabat Mater)
Latin: Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
Passionis fac cosortem
Et plagas recolere
English: Let me bear the death of Christ,
let me share in his passion,
and contemplate his wounds.