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Mater Dolorosa: Music for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

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Stabat Mater dolorosa Juxta crucem lacrimosa Dum pendebat filius. Cuius animam gementem Contristatam et dolentem. pertransivit gladius. O quam tristis et afflicta. Fuit illa benedicta. Mater unigeniti. Que mœrebat et dolebat. Et tremebat dum videbat. Nati pœnas incliti. Quis est homo qui non fleret Christi matrem si videret. In tanto supplicio? Quis non posset contristari Piam matrem contemplari. Dolentem cum Filio? Pro peccatis suæ gentis Vidit Ihesum in tormentis. Et flagellis subditum. Vidit suum dulcem natum morientem desolatum. Dum emisit spiritum. Eya mater fons amoris. Me sentire vim doloris. Fac ut tecum lugeam. Fac ut ardeat cor meum. In amando Christum deum. Ut sibi complaceam. Sancta Mater istud agas. Crucifixi fige plagas cordi meo valide. Tui nati vulnerati. Tam dignantis pro me pati. Pœnas mecum dívide. Fac me vere tecum flere. Crucifixo condolere. Donec ego vixero. Juxta crucem tecum stare. Te libenter sociare. In planctu desidero. Virgo virginum præclara. Mihi iam non sis amara Fac me tecum plangere. Fac ut portem Christi mortem. Passionis eius sortem. Et plagas recolere. Fac me plagis vulnerari. Cruce hac inebriari. Ob amorem filii. Inflammatus et accensus. Per te Virgo sim defensus in die iudicii. Fac me cruce custodiri. Morte Christi præmuniri. Confuneri gratia. Quando corpus morietur. Fac ut anime donetur. Paradisi gloria. Amen. ====== The grieving Mother stood weeping beside the cross where her son was hanging. His groans and suffering pierced her soul like a sword. O how sad and afflicted was that blessed Mother of the only-begotten! How worthy, and how grieved, Shuddering to see the torment of her glorious child. Who would not weep to see the mother of Christ in such torture? Who could not feel compassion at witnessing the suffering of a devoted mother with her son? She saw Jesus in torment, submitting to the scourge. For the sins of his people. She beheld her sweet offspring dying, forsaken, breathing his last. O Mother, fountain of love, make me feel the power of your anguish, that I may grieve with you. Make my heart burn with the love of Christ that I might be pleasing to God. Holy Mother, fix the wounds of the Crucified powerfully into my heart, that I may share the pain of your wounded son, who so deigned to suffer for me. Let me truly weep with you, to suffer with the Crucified for as long as I live This is my desire: to stand beside the cross with you, and to join you in your lamenting. Illustrious Virgin of virgins, be not bitter with me, Make me mourn with you Make me bear Christ’s death, share his Passion, and remember His wounds Let me be wounded by his wounds. Drench me in the blood of the cross Enkindle and inflame me for the sake of your son’s love Defend me, Virgin, on the day of judgement. Let me be shielded by the cross, Safeguarded by Christ’s death, Cherished by grace. When my body dies, Grant my soul the glory of Paradise. Amen. (translation by Donna Stewart)
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Recercare 01:19
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Comme femme desconfortée, sur toutes aultres esgarée, qui n’ay jour de ma vie espoir d’en estre en mon temps consolée, maiz en mon mal plus agravée desire la mort main et soir. Je l’ay tant de foys regretée puisque ma joye m’est ostée; doy je donc ainsi remanoir Comme femme desconfortée... Bien doy mauldire la journée que ma mere fist la portée de moy pour tel mal recevoir, car toute douleur assemblée est en moy, femme malheurée, dont j’ay bien cause de douloir Comme femme desconfortée... As a disconsolate woman, distraught more than all others, I have no hope of consolation for the rest of my life, but evermore oppressed by misfortune I long for death morning and night. I have yearned for it many times since my joy was taken away from me; must I then remain here As a disconsolate woman... Well may I curse the day when my mother bore me to meet with so much grief, for all pain is gathered in me, unfortunate woman, whence I have real cause to grieve As a disconsolate woman...
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Comme femme 03:14
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Que vous madame, je le jure, n’est ne sera de moy servie, et tant qu’aura vostre serf vie, garde n’avez qu’il se perjure. Une fois a vous me donnay, et derecief certes m'y donne. Onque riens mieulx je n’ordonnay, se vostre grace a moy se donne. Craindre me soit dicte injure d’aultre a ma franchise asservie, et mort vueil avoir desservie se nulle dame me conjure. Que vous madame... Other than you my Lady, I swear none is or will be served by me; as long as your servant lives, never fear that he will break his oath. Once I gave myself to you: and again, truly I give myself. Never could I hope for anything better than to have your favor bestowed on me. Fearful of slander about the redemption I find in serving you, I entreat death to take me, if I pledge myself to any other Lady. Other than you my Lady...
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Stabat Mater dolorosa Juxta crucem lacrimosa Dum pendebat filius. Cuius animam gementem Contristatam et dolentem. pertransivit gladius. O quam tristis et afflicta. Fuit illa benedicta. Mater unigeniti. Que mœrebat et dolebat. Et tremebat dum videbat. Nati pœnas incliti. Quis est homo qui non fleret Christi matrem si videret. In tanto supplicio? Quis non posset contristari Piam matrem contemplari. Dolentem cum Filio? Pro peccatis suæ gentis Vidit Ihesum in tormentis. Et flagellis subditum. Vidit suum dulcem natum morientem desolatum. Dum emisit spiritum. Eya mater fons amoris. Me sentire vim doloris. Fac ut tecum lugeam. Fac ut ardeat cor meum. In amando Christum deum. Ut sibi complaceam. Sancta Mater istud agas. Crucifixi fige plagas cordi meo valide. Tui nati vulnerati. Tam dignantis pro me pati. Pœnas mecum dívide. Fac me vere tecum flere. Crucifixo condolere. Donec ego vixero. Juxta crucem tecum stare. Te libenter sociare. In planctu desidero. Virgo virginum præclara. Mihi iam non sis amara Fac me tecum plangere. Fac ut portem Christi mortem. Passionis eius sortem. Et plagas recolere. Fac me plagis vulnerari. Cruce hac inebriari. Ob amorem filii. Inflammatus et accensus. Per te Virgo sim defensus in die iudicii. Fac me cruce custodiri. Morte Christi præmuniri. Confuneri gratia. Quando corpus morietur. Fac ut anime donetur. Paradisi gloria. Amen. ====== The grieving Mother stood weeping beside the cross where her son was hanging. His groans and suffering pierced her soul like a sword. O how sad and afflicted was that blessed Mother of the only-begotten! How worthy, and how grieved, Shuddering to see the torment of her glorious child. Who would not weep to see the mother of Christ in such torture? Who could not feel compassion at witnessing the suffering of a devoted mother with her son? She saw Jesus in torment, submitting to the scourge. For the sins of his people. She beheld her sweet offspring dying, forsaken, breathing his last. O Mother, fountain of love, make me feel the power of your anguish, that I may grieve with you. Make my heart burn with the love of Christ that I might be pleasing to God. Holy Mother, fix the wounds of the Crucified powerfully into my heart, that I may share the pain of your wounded son, who so deigned to suffer for me. Let me truly weep with you, to suffer with the Crucified for as long as I live This is my desire: to stand beside the cross with you, and to join you in your lamenting. Illustrious Virgin of virgins, be not bitter with me, Make me mourn with you Make me bear Christ’s death, share his Passion, and remember His wounds Let me be wounded by his wounds. Drench me in the blood of the cross Enkindle and inflame me for the sake of your son’s love Defend me, Virgin, on the day of judgement. Let me be shielded by the cross, Safeguarded by Christ’s death, Cherished by grace. When my body dies, Grant my soul the glory of Paradise. Amen. (translation by Donna Stewart)

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The 130-year-old sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Church in Cleveland provides a perfect setting for Mignarda's annual concert commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

These concert programs are built upon the little-understood intersection of sacred and secular music of the late 15th century, a theme inspired in part by ideas that are distilled in The Flower of Paradise: Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music, by David J. Rothenberg.

The programs vary, as do the wonderful artists who join us each year in mid-September to explore with voices, lutes, harp, or viol the many polyphonic and chant settings of the Stabat Mater Dolorosa, together with masses, motets, and even seemingly secular chansons which reveal themselves to have been dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

This album is a compilation of live recordings featuring Mignarda and our guest artists, all recorded live between 2016 - 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church.

Ron & Donna first met at "the Mac", singing together in the schola cantorum for the Latin Mass, and it seems fitting this year, when live concerts are so rare, for us to be able to share a taste of this evocative program in the glorious acoustic that suits our music so well.

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released November 11, 2020

Mignarda: Donna Stewart, voice & Ron Andrico, lute
guest artists:
Malina Rauschenfels, viol (tracks 1, 3, 6, 7)
Elena Mullins, voice (track 9)

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Mignarda Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with 17 critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 16 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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