Plainchant Tropes for Stations of the Cross

for Voices in two parts a cappella
about 10 mins.

awaiting publication by Gonzaga

This arrangement of the plainchant setting of the Stabat mater in fourteen stanzas was designed for use in conjunction with a complete performance of the organ cycle Stations of the Cross. It was first performed in 2014 by the choristers of Lincoln Cathedral with organist Clare Innes-Hopkins.

Programme notes

The plainchant line – slightly altered by the decorative use of musica ficta – is answered phrase by phrase at the fifth above or fourth below.  The mode of each of the fourteen stanzas is set a semitone higher than the one before – tracking the identical semitonal rise of the movements of the Stations of the Cross.