The Stabat Mater is one of the most cited poems in music history, and has been appealing to the imagination ever since it's origin in the Middle Ages. It is a source of inspiration of all times, for the past, but also for the future. The theme of a weeping Mary at the crucifixion of her son Jesus, or more universally, a mother mourning her child, is relatable and moves us all.
The text incited many composers to the creation of extraordinary and intense music. A brief history: