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Ave maris stella

author of text
Hymn at First Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Choral music afficionados are likely to be struck by the minim metre, tied notes, and ethereal aesthetic in Mealor’s setting of Ave maris stella—music which seems almost unimaginable without the legacy of Herbert Howells (1892-1983). The simplicity of the text (possibly dating from as early at the 8th century) presents Mary as a merciful and loving Mother and is often used as a prayer for the safe passage for travellers. Mealor’s customary lilt, derived from his immersion in the music of the Celtic nations, infuses this setting with charm.

from notes by Richard Longman © 2020


Mealor: Blessing & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD613Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 11 on SIGCD613 [3'32] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD613 track 11

Recording date
6 May 2018
Recording venue
St Patrick - St Anthony Church, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Recording producer
David Pettyjohn
Recording engineer
Scott Metcalfe
Hyperion usage
  1. Mealor: Blessing & other choral works (SIGCD613)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: March 2020
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