pieta (ssaattbb)


  • Catalog ID: S-377
  • Composer: Reed Criddle
  • Voicing: ssaattbb
  • Accompaniment: violin
  • Language: Wordless Chorus
  • Country: United States
  • Other: new for 2013, sacred
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


Program Notes

Pietà is based on Michelangelo’s famous sculpture which resides in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. Forlorn and alone, the Virgin Mary weeps as she cradles the body of her son. Although the scene is outwardly peaceful, there is a sense of great internal anguish which is expressed by the violin and the wordless chorus. At times serene, at times

Two biblical sources provide further context:

“And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.” (Matthew 27:61)

“But Mary kept these things, and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

the simultaneously sweet and bitter emotions of the Mother of Christ.

Reed Criddle