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Ave Maria

5vv; two missing parts by Owen Rees
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

Taverner’s Ave Maria is likely to be one of the works written while he was at Cardinal College, Oxford, and indeed it may have been among his most frequently performed pieces during those years. In Cardinal Wolsey’s amendments to his original statutes for the College he specified that during the daily evening devotions ‘Ave Maria’ was to be sung solemnly, with all genuflecting, and that a bell was to be rung three times during the singing of this antiphon. Taverner duly left three pauses in his setting to allow for the bell to be rung, and he manipulated the handling of the text to highlight these points, beginning all three opening polyphonic segments with the word ‘Ave’: his opening polyphonic phrase sets only this word, the second adds ‘Maria’, and the third sets the initial word of salutation to simple chords with pause marks (perhaps to allow for the singers’ genuflexion) before proceeding with ‘gratia plena …’. Only three of the five voice-parts of Taverner’s setting survive, and here we record my own reconstruction, which is based in part on the previous completions by Hugh Benham and Nick Sandon.

from notes by Owen Rees © 2019


Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas & other works
Studio Master: SIGCD570Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD570 [2'50] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD570 track 7

Recording date
13 July 2018
Recording venue
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas & other works (SIGCD570)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: February 2019
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