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Ave Maria a 8

author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: November 1986
Total duration: 4 minutes 43 seconds

Cover artwork: The Adoration of the Kings by Gérard David (active 1484-1523)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London

Other recordings available for download

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
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The Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood (conductor)


'The three medieval carols sung by male voices … are instantly attractive, whilst the one with a soprano line … though rhythmically complex, is amusing in its musical mazing … Ave Maria appears for four voices by Josquin Desprez, for seven voices by Philippe Verdelot and for four voices and for double choir by Victoria. The continuous sostenuto of the first two settings produces some delicious mild metal in the voices … a lovely record, beside which much of our accustomed Christmas musical fare seems meretricious' (Gramophone)
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

L’arrangement de l’Ave Maria à huit voix est un somptueux développement du motet pour deux chœurs identiques (SATB). Il s’ouvre sur les mots de l’Ave Maria du chapitre 1 de l’Évangile de Saint Luc. Cet arrangement est écrit dans un style antiphonaire d’un grand effet. Il fait alterner les passages d’écriture homophonique, certains à trois temps, avec les échanges conçus directement en polyphonie, ce qui confère à l’ensemble une impression d’espace et d’ampleur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jon Dixon © 2004
Français: Marie Luccheta

Die achtstimmige Ave Maria ist eine ausgedehnte und prächtige Fassung für zwei Chöre (SATB) von wiederum gleicher Stärke. Die Motette beginnt mit den Worten des aus dem ersten Kapitel des Lukasevangeliums entnommenen Chorals Ave Maria. Diese Vertonung wurde in einem äußerst effektiven Stil komponiert, wo sich Passagen aus homophoner Faktur (einige davon im Dreiermetrum) mit eher polyphon empfundenen Dialogen von großer Weite und Fülle einander abwechseln.

aus dem Begleittext von Jon Dixon © 2004
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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