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Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria for Alto Sax & Piano

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Alto Sax & Piano - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Bach-Gounod. Arranged by James M. Guthrie, ASCAP. General Worship, Repertoire, Christmas, Easter, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 11 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.342575).

Item Number: S0.342575

Duration with repeat - 4:50. Score: 6 pages. Solo part: 1 page, piano part: 4 pages. Based on Prelude #1 in C Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. Well suited for church meditations or school programs or recital encores.

Ave Maria

Ave Maria is aCatholic prayer that consequently asks for the mother of Jesus (Mary) tointercede. Charles Gounod composed a famous version of the Ave Maria. He was a French Romantic composer who overlaid a newmelody on an existing Bach chord progression. The progression is from Bach’s PreludeNo. 1 from Well-Tempered Clavier I. This version, as well as Schubert’s version,have become essential items at weddings, masses, and funerals.

Bach Overview

First of all, Johann Sebastian Bach is maybe the greatestcomposer in music history. Certainly, he was prolific. As a result,everyone has heard of his works. Furthermore, these works number well over athousand. It seems like people are probably most familiar with the instrumentalworks such as the Brandenburg Concertos, and the Goldberg Variations. But,similarly famous are such noteworthy works as the Well-Tempered Clavier, theMusical Offering, and certainly the Art of Fugue. Seems like his most famousvocal works include the most noteworthy Mass in B Minor. Also, most noteworthy,though, are the St. John Passion, and certainly the Christmas Oratorio.


Bach came from a long line of musicians and above all, composers.Consequently, he, first of all, pursued a career as a church organist. So as aresult, he gained employment in various Protestant churches in Germany. For awhile, he worked as a court musician in Weimar and Köthen. Here he probablydeveloped his organ style and likewise his chamber music style. Eventually, hetherefore, gained an appointment as Cantor of St. Thomas in Leipzig. Herehe worked until difficulties with his employer ultimately drove him away. TheKing of Poland finally appointed him as court composer.


It seems like Bach created a fascinating new international style.He synthesized elements of the most noteworthy European music ideas into hisnew style. Even more, this new style was probably his synthesis of Europeanmusical rhythm and form. Furthermore, he demonstrated a complete masteryof counterpoint and motivic development. His sense of harmonicorganization probably propelled him to the top.


Mendelssohn conducted a Bach revival in thenineteenth century. His effort probably helped to re-familiarize thepublic with the magnitude of Bach’s works. During this period, scholarspublished many noteworthy Bach biographies. Moreover, WolfgangSchmieder published the BWV (Bach Werke Verzeichnis). As a result,this is now the official catalog of his entire artistic output. The BWV numberallows us to locate a work in the catalog. Sometimes scholars will simply usean “S” (Schmieder) as an abbreviation for “BWV”.


NASA launched two Voyager spacecraft in 1977. On-board are phonographrecords with sounds, music, and images of life on Earth. The purpose of thelaunch was to inform intelligent extraterrestrial life forms about conditionson Earth. The music on the disc is varied. There is Bach, Mozart,Beethoven and Stravinsky among others. However, because Bach is soimportant in our music history, it contains three times more Bach thatall the others combined.

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