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Stabat Mater

[stah-baht mah-ter, stey-bat mey-ter] /ˈstɑ bɑt ˈmɑ tɛr, ˈsteɪ bæt ˈmeɪ tər/
noun
1.
(italics) a Latin hymn, composed in the 13th century, commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the Cross.
2.
a musical setting for this.
Origin of Stabat Mater
literally, the mother was standing, the first words of the hymn
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  • As the girls took their places the solemn chords of the Stabat Mater inclined their hearts to reverential prayer.

    A Colony of Girls Kate Livingston Willard
  • It was a splendid edition, in score, of Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater."

  • Perhaps the most splendid of them was Dvorak's "Stabat Mater."

  • Parepa has the next number, and it is her favorite number—the "Inflammatus" from the Stabat Mater.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • He allowed Wolfgang to study his works; and the latter copied neatly nine movements of the thirty canons of the "Stabat Mater."

  • To him in particular is ascribed the composition of the famous Stabat Mater Dolorosa.

    Studies in Medival Life and Literature Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
  • The procession halted somewhere over in the distant: arches, the organ thundered the "Stabat Mater."

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • As they followed the friar from station to station they sang in monotonous tones the strophes of the Stabat Mater.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Molly was in fine voice that day, the Stabat Mater of Rossini.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Stabat Mater dolorosa Juxta crucem lachrymosa, Dum pendebat filius.

British Dictionary definitions for Stabat Mater

Stabat Mater

/ˈstɑːbæt ˈmɑːtə/
noun
1.
(RC Church) a Latin hymn, probably of the 13th century, commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the crucifixion and used in the Mass and various other services
2.
a musical setting of this hymn
Word Origin
from the opening words, literally: the mother was standing
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Word Origin and History for Stabat Mater

1867, from Latin Stabat Mater (dolorosa) "Stood the Mother (full of sorrow)," opening words of a sequence composed 13c. by Jacobus de Benedictus.

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