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Stabat Mater and the Sorrows of the Human Heart
- a Musical Amateurs Research Expidition

Radio program in two parts

RUV, Rás1, 2015

Image by Sara Miccichè
About the radio program

What could be the reason why the Marian poem Stabat Mater has for centuries inspired composers to create music? In this two part radio program,  the musical amateur goes looking for answers by digging into music history, Mariology, the dramatic lives of composers and the healing qualities of sad music.  


Interviewed are: Professor Ásdís Egilsdóttir, medieval specialist, Sister Agnes, nun at the Karmel cloister in Hafnarfjörður, Hreiðar Ingi Þorsteinsson, composer, doctor Valgerður Jónsdóttir, music therapist and Margrét Pálmadóttir, singer and choir conductor.

Readers in the program are: Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson and María Heba Þorkelsdóttir.


The radio program Stabat Mater and the sorrows of the human heart - a musical amateur's research expidition was completed in December 2015 and is my graduation project in MA-studies of Applied culture and communication at the University of Iceland. It was broadcast on RÚV 1 radio station, Easter 2016

Here is a list of the music in the program.

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