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Ave Eva

By Lewis A. Kocher

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Organ - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Lewis A. Kocher. Contemporary Classical, Christian, Sacred, Christmas, Mother's Day. 8 pages. Published by Lewis A. Kocher (S0.576743).

Item Number: S0.576743

Services: Christmas, Annunciation, Marian; Prelude, Processional, Special Music
Time 2:39

The title of this piece, which is a palindrome, has an interesting history. In medieval times much was made of things like numerology and words, and one day it was discovered that “Ave” (“Hail”) spelled backwards was Eva (an archaic spelling of “Eve”). Thus Ave Eva was “Hail, Eve!” and Mary was seen as a type of Eve.

In other words, Ave Eva read the same forwards and backwards, giving us “Hail Mary” in both directions. This was seen as a miraculous sign and songs and poems were written about it. The piece given here is my original work for pipe organ, and following the lead of the title and history, it gives the descending figure F-E-D to provide the thematic material, developing into a canon-like style, then reverses the figure later to an ascending D-E-F, eventually playfully mixing both versions of the theme before exploding into an exciting end.

The work itself is relatively easy to perform, with perhaps the exception of the duple-over-triplets passage near the end which may require a little more attention than the rest of the piece. For clarity of the lines I have suggested a Principal Chorus, with some contrast provided by passages using Flutes and soft Strings. Thank you for performing this work, and God bless!

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