The Italian baroque composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi lived from 1710 to 1736. One of his most celebrated sacred works was the Stabat Mater which he wrote a few months prior to his death in a Franciscan monastery in Pozzuoli, Itali. He died at the very young age of 26 from from Tuberculosis.
Stabat Mater had twelve movements the 8th of which was called Fac ut Ardeat. The full text is Fac, ut ardeat cor meum in amando Christum Deum ut sibi complaceam which in English means Make me feel as thou hast felt; make my soul to glow and melt with the love of Christ my Lord. It was intended to represent the thoughts of the mother Mary as her son Jesus was crucified on the cross.
In my interpretation I have used the TRANSFORMATES 變 Digital Choir to perform the soprano and alto parts and a selection of contemporary instruments to blend with the original baroque string instruments. Here is the video:
This was Pergolesi’s most celebrated sacred work and was so highly regarded that J.S. Bach used it as the basis for his cantata ‘Tilger, Höchster, meine Sünden‘ (in English: ‘Root out my sins, Highest one’).
It is normally performed in Catholic churches as part of the Easter celebrations (as is also the case with my earlier interpretation of Allegri’s ‘Miserere Mei Deus‘ – you can discover more about the fascinating history of that piece in my video here).
For the Fac ut Ardeat video I have introduced some new digital art technology to try and provide a sensory feast for your eyes as well as your ears. If you have not already seen the video here are some of the screen shots to tempt you further. I intend to include this track on my forthcoming album of contemporary interpretations of Baroque masterpieces.