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Principals: Soprano (Mary), tenor (Jesus the man), boy treble (Jesus as a boy), speakers:Satan, Prophet,Angel, Simeon, Elder; SATB chorus; 188.8.131.52. 184.108.40.206 timp. perc. pno/cel, harp, organ, strings
This first unrevised version (1) had the solo singing role of Mary for high soprano, a solo treble role for Jesus the boy and spoken roles of Prophet, Satan, Jesus the man, Angel, Elder, and Simeon. However due to various interventions and conversations over the next 2-3 years Howard twice revised the work: Firstly by adding a sung part for tenor whilst retaing 4 speakers, SATB chorus and orchestra. A performance of this revised version (2), now withdrawn, was given by Carolyn Cook (soprano), Neil Jenkins (tenor), and the Lexden Choral Society and orchestra at the Garrison Church, Colchester, Sara Blake (conductor), 21st June 2003. Howard finally changed all the roles into singing parts and added a new final chorus to the text of 'Salve Regina' in September 2004, this being version 3, completed 20 April 2005. In 2006 a short Prelude was added for boys choir consisting of the opening of the original plainchant of Petrus of Compostela (d.1002?). Since the work had now changed considerably, to distinguish it from the many other Stabat Maters composed, at least 120, most of which are settings of the poem only, and to better express the nature of the work, in December 2006 the composer decided to change the title to 'The Passion of Mary'.
|18th May 2002||Patricia Rozario (high soprano), Neil Jenkins (speaker), William Clements, (speaker),Winchester Cathedral Choir and The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hill, Sherborne Abbey, Dorset