Ave Maria (Bach Gounod version)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod
Category: Classical

The Bach/Gounod Ave Maria is a collaboration of musicians whose lifetimes were separated by over 100 years. Johann Sebastian Bach, a Baroque composer from the 17th-18th centuries, wrote the Prelude in C major for his Well-Tempered Clavier, book I. Charles Gounod, a French Romantic composer from the 19th century, composed the melody that is superimposed over the Prelude. Apparently he only wrote it for instruments, and the words from the Latin text Ave Maria were added several years later.

Since then it has been performed and recorded by a variety of instrumental and vocal combinations - organ, string quartet, piano solo, solo instrument and accompaniment, and of course vocal solo. Choral arrangements have also been made of the Ave Maria.

Schubert also set the Ave Maria text to his own music, and it is as well-known as the Bach/Gounod version. Both are frequent choices for wedding music.

Free sheet music (piano/vocal - medium range)
Free sheet music (piano/vocal - low range)
Free sheet music (piano/vocal - high range)

Sheet music (piano solo)


Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus.
Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora pro nobis
Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Ave Maria

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