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Ave Maria I
composer
1989; mixed voices SSAATBB, unaccompanied; in E major
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

Recordings
'Dubra: Hail, Queen of Heaven & other choral works' (CDA67799)
Dubra: Hail, Queen of Heaven & other choral works
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Ave Maria I
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The E major Ave Maria I is Dubra’s first piece in Latin and dates from 1989, just before the end of the Soviet occupation. The motet is a beautiful and understated expression of joy with the main theme always resolving upwards into the tonic key of E. According to the eighteenth-century poet and musician Christian Schubart, in his Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst, ‘full delight lies in E major’. The repetition in this prayer can be seen as a form of emotional development which aspires to spiritual calmness and oneness with God.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2009

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