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Ave Maria

author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rebecca Clarke’s setting of the Marian text Ave Maria was one of the first of her choral works to be published. A British composer born in 1886, Clarke studied with Charles Villiers Stanford at the Royal College of Music, London, and had a long career as a violist before moving to New York. Whilst Clarke was initially known for composing chamber music, she was amongst a group of students at RCM who encouraged Ralph Vaughan Williams to lead them in singing Palestrina’s music in the early 1910s. The influence of this study of Palestrina can be clearly seen in her Ave Maria in its constant allusions to the Renaissance style through balanced writing and graceful linear content, always responsive to the sensitivities of the text.

from notes by Anna Lapwood © 2020


All things are quite silent
Studio Master: SIGCD642Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 12 on SIGCD642 [2'29] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD642 track 12

Recording date
5 October 2019
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion sampler - October 2020 Vol. 1 (HYP202010A)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: October 2020
    Download-only sampler
  2. All things are quite silent (SIGCD642)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: September 2020
    Download only
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