The Rice Brothers (Chris, cello; Johnny, piano) play their arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria

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We offer our cello / piano arrangement of Ave Maria in the hope that all of God’s children will have a wonderful holiday season! For those of you who, with our family, are enjoying the Christmas season, and of course celebrating the birth of Jesus… Well, we wish to thank God for Mary, and for all other Moms, and we hope that our Ave Maria is understood to be part of the Praise which we feel in our hearts for all God has done for us through you.

We also wish to “tip our hat,” lovingly and respectfully, to our friend Kathy, for whom we know this particular Ave Maria is very special. We hope that our recording will be one of many, many Blessings which unfold in your life, Kathy, as the years move forward.

For those who enjoy learning a bit of music history: Ave Maria has been set to music many times. Probably the most famous settings have been those composed by Charles Gounod (1859), which added melody and words to Johann Sebastian Bach’s first prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier; and by Franz Schubert (1825).

Interestingly, while Schubert’s version opens with the greeting “Ave Maria” (“Hail Mary”), his original text is not from the traditional Ave Maria prayer, but rather is from Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake. However, the traditional Ave Maria prayer is often sung to Schubert’s melody. (In Walt Disney’s Fantasia, the Schubert melody is used with another text which begins with the same phrase.)

Other well-known composers who have created settings for Ave Maria have included Dvořák, Verdi, Mozart, Elgar, Saint-Saëns, Rossini, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky.

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