From Sile Denvir’s 2016 album, Caithréim: Ceol agus Amhráin ó Dhrámaí an Phiarsaigh, (Music and Song from the Dramas of Patrick Pearse), here is “Caoineadh Mhuire”, (Mary’s Lament) – although it may sound similar to “Caoineadh Na Tri Mhuire” (The Lament of the Three Marys) , sung by Joe Heaney the lyrics are quite different adopting Mary’s perspective exclusively:
I only realised that I misded out on April 18th when compiling this, apologies to anyone WHOSE ENTIRE LIFE IS IN RUINS because of this.
One of the interesting things about this occasional #MarianMay series has been how many living, contemporary composers continue to create works setting classic texts of Marian piety. From Arvo Pärt to Stefano Lentini to Krzysztof Janczak it is evident that these prayers continue to inspire. Here is a composition by the British composer Margaret Rizza, commissioned a few years back by The Sixteen for their “A Mother’s Love” album of Marian recordings:
Henri Dallier succeeded Gabriel Faure as organist of La Madeleine in Paris. This composition is performed by the current organist, Francois-Henri Houbart, who has been in post since 1979 – one of the great things about organ music is the intimate relation with the actual instrument and its location, and the form of apostolic succession among organists.
“Monstra te esse matrem” means “Show Thyself A Mother” and is from the Marian prayer “Ave Maris Stella”
A whole series of posts of settings of “Stabat Mater” could be made…Pergolesi, Haydn, Dvorâk, Rossini, Poulenc, Arvo Pärt. Here, from his late Four Sacred Pieces, is Verdi’s – which, if you haven’t heard it before, I recommend sticking around for in full for the amazing climax.