Ave Maria Composer

When looking up Google for the famous "Ave Maria" composer, one finds both Schubert and Mozart... Are there two different "Ave Maria" pieces? Who was the actual composer?

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Schubert and Mozart are not the only two who composed Ave Maria. Ave Maria is christian prayer which had been composed  by 17 different composers, so as you understand there is no "actual composer". 

Take a look at this list of Ave Maria composers.  

Ave Maria is an old Latin text from the Catholic Church.  It came about from the "Hail Mary."

The original Latin text is: Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum

Which translates to: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee

The popular "Ave Maria" tune typically heard at weddings and the such, is written by Franz Shubert.  The actual name of the piece is: Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), D. 839 (Op. 52/6) Ave Maria.

There is some speculation on the origin of the melody.  Typically, composers will borrow pre-composed melodys and adapt them for their own purposes.  This happend with "Ave Maria," as the original tune was originally composed by Walter Scott.

 More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellens_dritter_Gesang

 Hope it helps!

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Schubert's Ave Maria is probably the most famous version. Usually sung during Christmas.

The other one that most often comes to mind is the Bach/Gounod. Charles Gounod took J. S. Bach's famous Prelude in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier and wrote a melody to go over the accompaniment-like arpeggio texture of the Bach piece.

Here's a link to a page with several versions to sample, though the Mozart doesn't seem to be there.

http://www.uniquetracks.com/cd/CC2.htm

You'll find versions by Schubert, Bach/Gounod, Kachini, Rachmaninov, Donizetti, Verdi, Cherubine, and more. 

Ever upward and onward

According to Conrad Askland:

 Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria” was originally a prayer from a frightened girl and called “Ellen’s Song III” and not intended for liturgical services. However, the music was instantly inspirational to listeners, so Latin text was substituted in time to make it suitable for church services.
The original lyrics were in English, a poem called “Lady of the Lake” by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). The original English was translated into German by Adam Storck D 839 (Spring 1825) First Published in 1826 as Op. 52, No. 6. - It was the German words that Schubert used for his original. Later the Ellen’s Song III (Ave Maria as we know it today) had the latin text forced on it...

 excerpted from his blog, here:

http://www.conradaskland.com/blog/2006/07/ave-maria-lyrics-franz-schubert/

 (Sorry, I don't know how to inert hyperlinks. When forums start posting instructions for using their technocr*p, I'll start using it!)

Gounod was the other one.

The other composer was Gounod.

Ave Maria
The Ave Maria was composed in about 1825 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) when he was twenty-eight years old and filled with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was written for voice and piano and first Published in 1826 as Op 52 no 6. The words most commonly used with Schubert's music are not the words that the composer originally set to music. Franz Schubert actually wrote the music for an excerpt from the poem "The Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), which was translated into German by Adam Storck. Schubert called his piece Ellens dritter Gesang (Ellen's third song). In this particular excerpt from the poem the heroine, Ellen Douglas, is in hiding and prays to the Virgin Mary. A letter from Schubert to his father and step-mother refers to his music to Ave Maria:  

 

 

Different people both did arrangements

franz schubert   

 

Mozart

so did Guilo Caccini (1545-1618)

 

so did Gounod/Bach  

Ave Maria
When will you be mine?
If you'd love me
I'd give you everything
Ave Maria
When will you be mine?
to heaven itself, I'd take you.

Say only one word
that gives life back to me
and which stays in my soul
because, without you I have nothing
Wrap me up in your kisses
shelter me in your refuge.

And when I see you, I don't know what I feel
And when I feel you, it burns me inside
and I fall in love with you, more and more
You are what I want
You are my treasure.

Ave Maria
When will you be mine?
If you'd love me
I'd give you everything
Ave Maria
When will you be mine?
to heaven itself, I'd take you.

Without you I feel so lost
Lead me to a way out
take me with you forever
Protect me with your love
light me up with your fire
and I will not ask you for anything else, anything else.

And when I see you, I don't know what I feel
And when I feel you, it burns me inside
and I fall in love with you, more and more
You are what I want
You are my treasure

Ave Maria
When will you be mine?
If you'd love me
I'd give you everything
Ave Maria
When will you be mine?
to heaven itself, I'd take you

Ave, Ave Maria
tell me if some day you'll be mine
Ahhhhh.

Ave Maria
When will you be mine?
If you'd love me
I'd give you everything
Ave Maria
When will you be mine?
to heaven itself, I'd take you

Tell me, tell me, Ave Maria
Tell me if you'll be mine
Tell me, tell me if you'll be mine
Oh, tell me, tell me now
Tell me, tell me, Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Tell me, tell me if you'll be mine.

 

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