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Stabat Mater
Department of Fine & Performing Arts: Faculty Works (2011)
  • Gustavo Leone, Loyola University Chicago
The Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies in South America in 1767, leaving behind a remarkable musical legacy that was buried for over two hundred years. But the music did not disappear completely. Thanks to the Chiquitos people of Bolivia, the music was played and preserved throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1985, Swiss architect Hans Roth discovered 9,000 of these musical manuscripts and in 1990 UNESCO declared the churches of the Chiquitos a “patrimony of humanity”. Dr. Gustavo Leone of Loyola University Chicago's Department of Fine and Performing Arts has painstakingly retrieved and restored several of these incredible manuscripts, preserving a rare and invaluable treasure of the Jesuit and Catholic heritage. This is the first publication of this anonymous composition, collected at the Music Archives of the Chiquitos, in Concepción, Bolivia. This composition, Stabat Mater, is for SATB choir and continuo. This score is available for performance by downloading it from this site. Funded in part by a faculty research grant from the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago.
Publication Date
January 1, 2011
Publisher Statement

A performance of Stabat Mater, recorded on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola University Chicago is included. The performance features Bella Voce, choir, and Baroque Band, instrumental ensemble.

An image of a poster from the performance and of the manuscript itself are also included.

Citation Information
Gustavo Leone. "Stabat Mater" Department of Fine & Performing Arts: Faculty Works (2011)
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