SATB choir, violin
Composed by Knut Nystedt (1915-). Carus Novus; Contemporary choral music. German title: Ave Maria. Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hymns in praise of the Virgin Mary. Full score. With Language: Latin. Op. 110. Duration 13 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.991300).
Item Number: CA.991300
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In his Ave Maria Nystedt has followed tradition by setting the original words of the prayer to Mary. He has adopted the unusual form of a violin concerto, with the choir replacing the orchestra as the violin's partner. In a sort of neo-romantic tonal language the choir joins in a dialogue with what is perhaps the most songlike of all instruments, the violin, which in accordance with the classical-romantic tradition even has a solo cadenza. Repeatedly, in addition to this dialogue, a wonderful blending of the sound of violin and choir occurs in which the choir employs primarily chordal sounds of an enriched tonality; but often it also uses pure major and minor chords to express the profound moments of the prayer.