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Stabat Mater Dolorosa - from Stabat Mater for Low Flute Choir

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  • Highly recommended

Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

This review first appeared in Pan, the journal of the British Flute Society and is reproduced with permission. Join the BFS: membership starts from £20 a year.

This is an effective arrangement of the first movement of Pergolesi's powerful choral work, for a low flute ensemble comprising 4 alto flutes, 3 bass flutes and contabass.   The arrangement  makes a prominent feature of octave doublings, which add resonance to the ensemble sound and gives a wonderful sense of depth (and excellent practice for developing intonation control).  The first alto part goes enjoyably high, allowing the ensemble's  full range to be used, and the richer lower tones are able to provide an element of dissonence.  The technical challenges of this arrangement are relatively modest, leaving space for an ensemble to concentrate on resonance, depth of tone, intonation and the shaping of a melodic line.  Recommended.

Carla Rees

From the Publisher

The ‘Stabat Mater’ is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary which has been set to music by many composers throughout history. Composed in the final weeks of his life, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi originally scored it for solo soprano and alto voices, accompanied by strings and basso continuo. The haunting first movement, ‘Stabat Mater Dolorosa,’ is full of anguish and musical suspensions, a perfectly suitable candidate for arrangement for low flute choir.

Difficulty guide: 8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Alto Flute
  • Part 2: Alto Flute
  • Part 3: Alto Flute
  • Part 4: Alto Flute
  • Part 5: Bass Flute
  • Part 6: Bass Flute
  • Part 7: Bass Flute
  • Part 8: Contrabass Flute or Contr'alto Flute
Category: Low Flute Ensemble Music
Publisher: ALRY Publications
Publisher's reference: FC438
Our Stock Code: 1434316
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (4 pages [score])

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