Giovanni P. da Palestrina’s ‘Ave Maria’ a 8

Digital edition of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s setting of Ave Maria. This work is set for two choirs SATB. The Ave Maria a 8 is extant in one of the various Vatican (I-Rvat) manuscripts containing music by Palestrina. I must say that, in some occasions, I have the feeling that this work is not only by Palestrina but has later additions, like the example of the Stabat Mater a 8, which has further additions by Felice Anerio. Despite any misattributions this is still a fantastic work. This is edition is transposed a tone downwards and original note values were kept.

This is one of my favourite settings of the Ave Maria, for the clarity of the texture and the almost heavenly dialogues between the two choirs.

Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu
In mulieribus
Et benedictus
Fructus Ventris tui, Jesu
Sancta Maria,
Mater Dei,
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae
Amen

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