“Stabat Mater dolorosa” (The Mother of Christ was standing there in pain). It cannot be defined precisely who wrote these first words of the text named as ‘stabat mater’, nor its place of origin. The text, which belongs to the ‘genre’ of laments of Mary, was probably written between the 12th and 14th century and is likely to have originated from Italy or France.

Because of the introduction of the “Mary celebration” – the seven sorrows of the Holy Virgin Mary – on September 15th, this prayer (meant for private use only) found its place in the Massbook in 1727, in the form of a sequence.

This text was put to music many times, also by Luigi Boccherini. Next to the sincere spirituality and simplicity of this work, its sparkling character and originality are characteristics of the arrangement of the Stabat Mater by this composer. 


Capriola di Gioia brings with the help of a string quintet the sparkling and original character of this georgeous Sabat Mater to life
without touching its spirituality and simplicity.


String – Quintet
Basso Continuo