Plainchant Tropes for Stations of the Cross
Op.100a

for Voices in two parts a cappella
about 10 mins.
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2005
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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 note

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.

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