THE VOCAL SCORE OF THE MUNICH VERSION OF THE STABAT MATER BY TOMMASO TRAETTA IS NOW AVAILABLE!!!
Tommaso Traetta (Bitonto 1727 – Venezia 1779)
The Munich version of the Stabat Mater by Tommaso Traetta (1767) was found in Munich (Germany) in 1994 and performed the following year in the first modern day’s performance in the seventeenth century’s Chiesa del Carmine, at Bitonto’s Maria Cristina Institute. Compared to the Naples version of the Stabat Mater, which was composed ten years earlier, and that has been defined by Damerini as “a valuable page of sacred music of the eighteenth century”, this version exudes a radical religiosity that shakes the soul and becomes a reason for meditation and asceticism in line with the Lauda by Jacopone da Todi. Music and lyrics reach a suffered and humane intensity in the more mature Traetta, in a perfect parallel between the approach to Golgotha and the transition from earthly life to eternal life of the blessed admitted to contemplating the face of God.
Commentary on the classical composition is in four languages (English, Italian, German and Japanese).