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Schubert: Ave Maria for Soprano Sax & Piano

By Franz Schubert

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Soprano Sax & Piano - Easy/Beginner
Composed by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Arranged by James M. Guthrie, ASCAP. Christian, Repertoire, Christmas, Easter, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 4 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.299661).

Item Number: S0.299661

A Soprano Sax Christmas/Easter classic! Duration: 4:55 Score: 3 pg. Soprano Sax part: 1 pg. Piano reads from the score. Schubert seems to have composed this piece as a song-setting. This is because he wanted to portray a poignant emotional event from a poem. The poem was Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake. Consequently, this song became an integral part of Schubert's Song cycle. Therefore the cycle is called: the Lady of the Lake. In the poem, Ellen Douglas is the Lady of the Lake. The lake is probably Loch Katrine in the Scottish Highlands. First of all, Ellen goes with her father to stay in the Goblin's cave. They go because he earlier refused to join in a rebellion against King James. Roderick Dhu, the chief of the rebellious Alpine Clan, marches up the mountain with his army. But before the battle, he, first of all, hears Ellen singing. She is singing a prayer calling for help from the Virgin Mary. Schubert's piece was first performed at the castle of Countess Sophie Weissenwolff in Steyregg, Austria.  Schubert dedicated the arrangement to her, and as a result, she became famous as "the lady of the lake."The incipit of Ellen's song is "Ave Maria" which is Latin for "Hail Mary.” It seems like this similarity led Schubert to adapt the melody to accommodate the Roman Catholic prayer "Ave Maria". Consequently, the Latin version of "Ave Maria" finally became more famous than the original so that consequently many believe he wrote the Latin version first.
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