The eight-voice setting of Ave Maria
is extended and sumptuous, for two equal SATB choirs, opening with the words of the Ave Maria
chant taken from chapter 1 of St Luke’s Gospel. This setting is written in a most effective antiphonal style which alternates passages of homophonic writing, some of them in triple time, with more polyphonically conceived exchanges of great spaciousness and fullness.
from notes by Jon Dixon © 2004