"Ave Maria" based on a prelude by J.S. Bach for English Handbells, Piano & Choir (SATB)

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Ave Maria based on a prelude by J.S. Bach written by French Romantic composer Charles Gounod in 1859 as the "Consideration on Bach's prelude". His Ave Maria consists of a melody 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. I transcribed his original piece for Choir (SATB) and 5-Octave English Handbells (with optional silver bell). I found this to be a hauntingly interesting blend of old and new and inspired by my wife, utilized the English Handbells in this piece to accentuate transitions between melody and dissonance; providing musical interest with their overtones to provide suspense and melodic resolution. This piece was best played using the "HandBells.sf2" SoundFont by FMJ Software (http://www.fmjsoft.com/siframe.html).

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Mike Magatagan's picture

Please click on the "VideoScore" link to the right to hear an accurate sound representation of the piece. MuseScore currently does not replicate either the Acoustic Piano or the English Handbell soundfont correctly on the online site.

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Uploaded Jan 25, 2012
Pages 18
Duration 2:19
Measures 40
Key signature natural
Parts 7
Part names
  • Choir Aahs (4)
  • Music Box (2)
  • Acoustic Grand Piano
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