Event Details

PERGOLESI'S STABAT MATER

22/11/2018 20:00
PERGOLESI'S STABAT MATER

Stabat Mater is a musical setting of the Stabat Mater sequence, composed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in 1736. Composed in the final weeks of Pergolesi's life, it is scored for soprano and alto soloists, violin I and II, viola and basso continuo (cello and organ).

The St Mary Magdalene Church was built around 1595 as the church of the Magdalene nuns whose convent they had adjacent to the church. While most Magdalene monasteries were not wealthy, Malta's Magdalene sisters were indeed. In 1602 Pope Clement VIII gave the house the rights to one-fifth of the goods and estates of deceased prostitutes in Malta. This changed the financial status of the order; it soon became the richest monastery in Malta. The works of the Magdalene nuns ended in 1798 with the arrival of the French who took all the monastery's wealth and properties and disbanded its members. The nuns moved into St Catherine's monastery. The last Magdalene nun died in 1846. 

The church later served Roman Catholic soldiers stationed in Fort Saint Elmo as well as navy families from the Camerata barracks across the road. In 1941 the monastery was destroyed by air raids during World War II. A primary school was built instead. After this, the church was abandoned. The altars of the church were moved to St Catherine's monastery. Later the church of St Mary Magdalene started to serve as a storage garage for carnival floats until 2006. In 2008 the church was cleared and partially restored.

The church building is listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.

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Venue

Valletta

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Organiser

Malta International Organ Festival