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Pergolesi Stabat Mater instrumentation

Has anyone performed the Stabat Mater with only strings and not the continuo? If using continuo, what specific instruments did you find worked well? I am conducting this work at a Festival the organizers would prefer using only strings to avoid renting a harpsichord.
 
Many thanks!
 
Cheryl Dupont
on February 11, 2013 2:27pm
Cheryl:  Is that the one for two treble voices?  If so, I think you probably could get away without the continuo, although it wouldn't be what the composer intended.  I believe that when we did it I used both harpsichord and small organ as well as strings. 
 
Or you could certainly play the continuo quietly on piano, which I believe we did on a run-out to a retirement home in our community.  Not authentic, but then neither is using choir on something intended for two solo voices.  (I used a combination of solo, duet, and treble choir and it worked very nicely.)  But it should be a continuo realization and NOT a string reduction.
All the best,
John
on February 11, 2013 2:32pm
Hi, Cheryl,
 
Suggestions: (in order of recommendation)
harpsichord
organ
synthesizer/keyboard on which you can use the setting for harpsichord or organ -- whichever sounds better!
piano
 
Best,
 
Lee Kesselman
 
 
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