Sheet Music: Ave Maria

TitleAve Maria
Méditation sur le premier Prélude de J.S. Bach
ComposerCharles Gounod (1818–1893)
InstrumentationFlute and Harp/Piano
KeyC major
Time signature4/4
Tempo64 BPM
Performance time2:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-06-08
Last updated2009-06-08
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Arias, Romantic, Wedding music


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Monday 8 June 2009

Tune of the Day: Ave Maria

Melody by Charles Gounod, over a prelude by J.S. Bach

Written by French Romantic composer Charles Gounod in 1859, this Ave Maria consists of a melody superimposed over the Prelude No. 1 in C major from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier (BWV 846), composed by J.S. Bach some 137 years earlier. Gounod also adds one bar so as to smooth out a rough change in harmony in the prelude.

It is often performed in Christian wedding ceremonies.