Hymn to the Mother of God

Composer: ??? Giulio Romano Caccini  (c.1550-1618), s.a. ???  = MISATTRIBUTION
Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943), 1915 (Op.37/15)

Giulio Caccini (1551-1618)

This music is assumed to be public domain in the USA. BEWARE: the modern-day recordings of that music are not!



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This is a very different tune from the very popular Ave Maria by Vavilov, which is also commonly misattributed to Caccini.

This is an audio clip that I found for the first time on shockwave.com, listed as Ave Maria by Kachini performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. I have since found this same clip on several other similar websites with the same erroneous attribution. 

Dec 06, 2010: I received an email stating that this "is the final movement of the Rachmaninoff "All-Night Vigil".  Not by Caccini, and not an "Ave Maria".  Rachmaninoff did set the "Ave Maria" text as part of that masterwork (truly, one of the greatest choral compositions of all time, right up there with the Brahms "Requiem" and Handel's "Messiah"), but this is not that movement."
Thank you, Chris Mueller!

Recording:  not available

play/stop MP3 sample:

This sample from shockwave.com

play/stop MP3 sample:

This 'clean' sample is listed at THIS PAGE

MIDI / Lyrics:  not available  
Score: free download on IMSLP in original Russian edition or 1920 English translation (US edition).

A biographical dictionary of musicians = Theodore Baker
G. Schirmer, 1905 - Biography & Autobiography - 695 pages
Cacci ni Giulio called Roma no because born at Rome abt 1546 d Florence abt 1615 where he had resided since 1565 as singer to the Tuscan court A pupil of Scipione della Palla in singing and lute playing His first essays in composition were madrigals in the ancient polyphonic style but the example of Vincenzo Galilei and his own surpassing skill as a singer aided no doubt by the discussions of the artists and literati frequenting the houses of Bardi and Corsi at Florence inspired him to write vocal soli in recitative form then termed musica in istile rappresentatifo which he sang with great applause to his own accomp on the theorbo These first essays in dramatic music were followed by his settings of detached scenes written by Bardi and finally by the opera combattimento d Apolline col serpente poem by Bardi then appeared La Dafne 1594 in collaboration with Peri poem by Rinucinni Eury dice 1600 poem by Rinuccini and rapimento di Ce alo Oct 9 1600 the first opera ever produced in a public theatre poem by Chiabrera Another epoch making work v as Le nuove musiche a series of madrigals fo solo voice w bass 1601 1607 1615 He alsc publ Nove Arie Venice i6oS and F uggilotio musicale Venice 1614 madrigals sonnets arias etc Caccini was called by abbate Angelo Grillo the father of a new style of music Bardi said of him that he had attained the goal of perfect music

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