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Ave Maria

By John Humphries

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Horn - intermediate
By John Humphries. By Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Arranged by Jacques-Francois Gallay. Music for Brass. Classical. Book Only. Composed 2011. 4 pages. Fentone Music #F 412-401. Published by Fentone Music (BT.F-412-401).

Item Number: BT.F-412-401


The Ave Maria was composed in about 1825 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) when he was twenty-eight years old and filled with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was written for voice and piano and first Published in 1826 as Op 52 no 6. The words most commonly used with Schubert's music are not the words that the composer originally set to music. Franz Schubert actually wrote the music for an excerpt from the poem "The Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), which was translated into German by Adam Storck. Schubert called his piece Ellens dritter Gesang (Ellen's third song). In this particular excerpt from the poem the heroine, Ellen Douglas, is in hiding and prays to theVirgin Mary. This arrangement for F horn and piano makes an ideal short concert item.

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