Ave verum composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Edited by Wolfgang Birtel. For SATB choir and organ (ad lib.). This edition: C 53377; Saddle-stitch. Choral Music. Schott Choral Music. Grade 2-3. Choral score. Text language: Latin. 6 pages. Published by Schott Music (SD.49017905).
ISBN 9790001168007. With Text language: Latin.
There are very few composers who have left such a comprehensive oeuvre covering all genres as Camille Saint-Saens. His vocal music, however, has rather fallen into oblivion - if one leaves aside his 'indestructible' Christmas oratorio (Oratorio de Noel, Opus 12). But apart from that, Saint-Saens, who worked as an organist at various churches from 1852, composed a number of little church music works: settings for different instrumentations, certainly destined to be used in services, including his Ave verum for four-part choir (including organ without pedal ad lib.). It is a simple, yet harmonically rich setting which constitutes a valuable addition to the choral repertoire and an evocative alternative to the common Ave settings.