Ave Maria (Charles H. Giffen), SATB + rehearsal accompaniment
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Because of a request, here is a score with keyboard reduction of my 4-part Ave Maria (SATB a cappella). This is a rather easy work to learn and has some nice short sections for 2-part voices. Although the work is somewhat modal (Mode II) in A minor, it ends on the dominant E-major, a not uncommon practice in Renaissance music. An MP3 sound realization is also attached. The original was posted here some 4 years ago shortly after its composition.
  • JulieCollJulieColl
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    I haven't seen this before; it's just beautiful and so well-crafted. Thanks so much for sharing it! One question about the alto line on measure 39: What would you suggest for an alto (more like a mezzo) like myself who is a bit shaky on the F below middle C?
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    One question about the alto line on measure 39: What would you suggest for an alto (more like a mezzo) like myself who is a bit shaky on the F below middle C?

    I think I would sing an A (up a major third from the F), as it won't clash with the TB entrance on the second beat. But, since the soprano cadence there is F above middle C, a very weak (or even no) sound on the low F in the alto would be acceptable, perhaps even preferable, too.

    Thanks for your kind words, Julie.
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  • JulieCollJulieColl
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    "No sound" is what happens when I try to sing an F3 so that would work perfectly. : )

    Thanks!

    P.S. I really admire the artful cadences in your piece. How do you determine what endings you're going to use?
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  • francisfrancis
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    Quite nice!
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  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Thanks!!
  • MatthewRoth
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    I listened to the MP3. I’ll pass it on to some of my friends so we can sing it! They'll find a place for it. I really like it.
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