Ave Maria

Composer:  Leandro Campanari (1857-1939), c1894

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


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Recording:  not available
MIDI / Lyrics:  not available
Score:  not available

Internet references, biography information.
Music: a monthly magazine, devoted to the art, science, technic ..., Volume 5  (1894)
  Songs By Leandro Campanari Ave Maria Key of E Egyptian Song from Ben Hur G minor Fair Daffodils Poem from Herrick Key of D flat Long Years Ago Dramatic Air Key of E flat These songs are above the average having in them that two fold something which is hardly ever absent from compositions by good Italian composers They lie well for the voice though the compass is rather wide and they are melodious Like many things by the younger Italian writers the harmonic progressions are rather strong not to say daring One particularly striking C se of the kind whichany teacher of composition crosses out on sight is the sequence of sevenths on page 4 of the Ave Maria lower line Here the soprano sings the seventh in four successive measures and chord having E fourth space in chord of F sharp diminished D resolving into E in the same chord the D standing as seventh to the bass which there temporarily goes down to E and C in a chord of D and Anally skipping up to G on a chord of A This is a very rare example and the reviewer is obliged to confess that early prejudices in the way of musical must not's prevent his liking it The Ave Maria is an effective composition The Egyptian song runs to queer melodic skips and rhythms suggestive of something foreign which may as likely be Egyptian as anything else The Ave Maria and the Fair Daffodils seem to be most likely to please The dramatic air has a good deal of tremolo and pianissimo chromatics in the bass a mischief brewing They are all ambitious efforts and deserve to be scanned by singers in search of effective novelties

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