Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Das Marienbild, D623

Aloys Wilhelm Schreiber’s poem Das Marienbild was published in 1817,  sometime during the spring of 1818 Schubert bought the poetry volume in which it appeared and brought it with him to to Zseliz where he took up residence in July as music master to Count Esterházy’s children. During that summer he set several poems  amongst…

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Vom mitleiden Mariä, D632

Schubert’s Vom mitleiden Mariä, (D632) is a compelling Stabat Mater setting was completed in December of 1818 and is an example of his commitment to producing Marian music. It’s very old-fashioned in style whose austere three-part texture and somewhat disturbing chromaticism reminds me quite strongly of C.P.E. Bach’s odes settings of texts by his friend…

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Stabat mater RV621

Vivaldi’s setting of the Stabat Mater, RV621 is one of his earliest known surviving sacred works it almost certainly dates from 1711 or 1712 was rediscovered in 1939 and published in 1949. Given the most probable date of its composition it’s a bit unlikely that Vivaldi composed it for the Ospedale della Pietà and very…

Laurence Kilsby Sings: Some One Like You

If you’re a choirboy or a choirgirl your most exacting and critical audience is your fellow choristers and if you think about it for a moment you’ll see why. Choirboys and choirgirls may be very young as young as six or seven when they start to sing in public but there is no allowance whatsoever…