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This is free piano sheet music for Gounod, Ave Maria provided by www.sheetdownload.com. The so-called Bach/Gounod Ave Maria is a popular and much-recorded setting of the Latin text Ave Maria, originally published in 1853 as Méditation sur le Premier Prélude de Piano de S. Bach. It consists of a melody improvised by the French Romantic composer Charles Gounod superimposed over the Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier, written by J.S. Bach some 137 years earlier. Although published in instrumental versions and fitted to various texts during Gounod's lifetime, the claim that he never 'wrote' it appears to be literally true. 65x50px Ave Maria noicon Gounod's Ave Maria arranged for piano and cello. Performed by John Michel Problems listening to this file? See media help. Gounod's father-in-law Pierre Zimmermann transcribed the improvisation and in 1853 made an arrangement for violin (or cello) with piano and harmonium. The same year it appeared with the words of Alphonse de Lamartine's poem Le livre de la vie ("The Book of Life") In 1859 Jacques Léopold Heugel published a version with the familiar Latin text. The version of Bach's prelude used by Gounod has the addition of one measure (m.23), found only in the Schwenke manuscript and the Simrock printed edition based upon it, but not in the other Bach manuscripts or the scholarly Bischoff and G. Henle Verlag Urtext printed editions. Alongside Schubert's Ave Maria, the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria has become a fixture at wedding masses, funerals and quinceañeras. There are many different instrumental arrangements including for violin and guitar, string quartet, piano solo, cello, and even trombones. Opera singers, such as Luciano Pavarotti, as well as choirs have recorded it hundreds of times during the twentieth century. Sergio Franchi recorded it on his 1965 RCA Victor Billboard Top 40 Album, The Heart of Christmas (Cuor' Di Natale). Later in his career, Gounod composed an unrelated setting of Ave Maria for a four-part SATB choir.
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