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Deborah Hurd

There stood his mother (Stabat Mater)

  • Premiere: November 2017 / Minneapolis / The Singers / Matthew Culloton

  • Instrumentation: Two-part, mixed or equal voices, and organ

  • Appropriate for choirs of all levels

  • Suitable for worship or performance


Program Note

Completed in 2009, this motet is one in a cycle of four written for the Choir of Grace Episcopal Church in Newton, Massachusetts, and its director, Dr. Linda J. Clark.  I was a staff singer and Director of the Junior Choir at Grace Church from 2005 - 2009. During this time, I had the opportunity to write and premiere more than a dozen motets, solidifying my technique in the choral idiom. 

In my capacity as a staff singer, I sat directly facing a series of four stained glass windows, each depicting a scene from Christ's life - birth, baptism, death, and resurrection. Each motet in this cycle is  a choral meditation on one of these windows, and is written for a choir of any size and composition that can be evenly divided into two voice parts.

Additional titles in this series:


 O Glorious Mystery (O Magnum Mysterium) Fourth Lesson Responsory for Matins on Christmas Day


All who are baptized in Christ (Omnes in Christo baptizatiCommunio for the Baptism of Our Lord Galatians 3:27; Psalm 28 (29):3,8 KJV


O Sons and Daughters (O filli et filliae) Jean Tisserand, O.F.M. (d. 1494) 


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