Stabat Mater for six solo voices and chamber orchestra. [Full score]. Lennox BERKELEY.
Stabat Mater for six solo voices and chamber orchestra. [Full score]

Stabat Mater for six solo voices and chamber orchestra. [Full score]

London: J. & W. Chester Ltd. [PN J.W.C. 9744], [1950]. Folio. Illustrated wrappers. [1] (title), [2] (note on orchestration), 3-79, [i] (publisher's advertisements) pp.

With an autograph inscription signed to Robert Thomson dated 1950 to title in ink; upper wrapper signed by Thomson at upper outer corner.

Wrappers slightly worn and discoloured; spine slightly frayed. Minor foxing to edge and last few leaves; several small tears.

First Edition.

An English composer, Berkeley, "from the same generation as Walton and Tippett... has little connection with national traditions represented by them or by Elgar and Vaughan Williams earlier. This is partly because of his French ancestry and temperament which made him closer to Fauré, and to Ravel and Poulenc who were both personal friends. Berkeley admired Mozart above all, then Chopin, Ravel and the neo-classical Stravinsky. His own idiom is built from an overt melodic expression, usually rooted in tonality and allied to a fastidious command of harmony and orchestral texture. Religious subjects in particular invariably gave rise to vocal music of unusual spiritual intensity, a mood also reflected in his instrumental slow movements." Joan Redding and Peter Dickinson in Grove Music Online.

Thomson was conductor of the Iowa Symphony during the 1940s and 50s. Item #29797

Price: $275.00  other currencies

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