A dramatic oratorio, later revised, extended and retitled 'The Passion of Mary' (see op. 577)
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Dorset Summer Music to celebrate their 40th anniversary

Principals: Soprano (Mary), tenor (Jesus the man), boy treble (Jesus as a boy), speakers:Satan, Prophet,Angel, Simeon, Elder; SATB chorus; timp. perc. pno/cel, harp, organ, strings

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Note on Lyrics: Texts adapted from biblical and other sources by the composer
Duration: 45 mins
First Performance: Patricia Rozario (soprano), Neil Jenkins (speaker, Christ), William Clements, (speaker, Satan), treble (the boy Jesus), 4 other speakers: (Prophet, Angel, Simeon, Elder) Winchester Cathedral Choir and The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hill in Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, May 11th 2002
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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 A performance of this revised version (2), now withdrawn, was given by Carolyn Cook (soprano), Neil Jenkins (tenor), and the Lexden Choral Society and orchestra at the Garrison Church, Colchester, Sara Blake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

First performance

Related Works

'ARIA DOLOROSA' op.562 (January 2006)
The 'Stabat Mater' section from the oratorio 'The Passion of Mary' arranged for solo soprano and piano
'SLEEP, SLEEP, HAPPY CHILD' op.564 (January 2006)
Arrangement for SATB and organ of the Nativity section from 'The Passion of Mary'
'*THE PASSION OF MARY (for soloists, chorus and orchestra)' op.577 (December 2006) (Audio Sample Available)
Dramatic oratorio for soprano, tenor, treble, bass, (additional alto, tenor, bass solos from within the choir), SATB chorus and orchestra

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