The Sacred Hour: reverie
Ave Maria
 SATB + organ (or orchestra)

Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey (1875 - 1959), 1929
aka Ketelbey


This music is assumed to be under copyright protection in the USA



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Lyrics:  (B)
A-ve Ma ri _ _ a
gra _ tia ple _ _ na,
Do mi nus _ te _ _ cum,
Be ne _ dic _ ta tu
San _ cta,
A ve Ma ri a, gra ti a ple na
Do mi nus te cum,
Do mi nus te cum

Be _ ne dic _ ta tu.
Sanc ta Ma ri a,
o ra pro no bis, _ _
Sanc-ta _ Ma ri a,
o ra pro no bis.
Sanc ta Sanc ta Ma ri a
Sanc ta, Sanc-ta Ma ri a _
Score:   free download on THIS PAGE
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My thanks and appreciation to
Xulio Mosquera - Arquivo Coral
for sending me this score

Comments about this arrangement sent to me by by Tom McCanna:
Information gleaned from suggests that this is an arrangement made by José Alfredo Oliveira for the Coral Polifónica Novos Aires de Nigrán. The structure corresponds exactly to the second side of Ketèlbey’s own recording of 1929, beginning with its extra 8 bars of organ solo, which don't appear in the printed music. The vocal parts replicate those published with the orchestral version of The Sacred Hour. At bars 46 and 57 a second bass part is briefly added, and at bar 44 the 4th note of the alto line is changed from D to E. The dynamics are new.
The organ accompaniment is newly composed, generally simplifying the original harmony. At 29 the melody begins a crotchet earlier. At bar 39, the second note in the right hand should be E, not D.

The Sacred Hour Ave Maria
Voice/Piano - Bosworthorgan score / piano score This SATB + organ setting sells separately.

My thanks and appreciation to
Tom McCanna
for sending me these scores.

The Sacred Hour: reverie
Recording:  not available  

Albert Ketèlbey: Sanctuary of the Heart; In a Persian Market; In a Fairy Realm

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Albert Ketèlbey: Sanctuary of the Heart; In a Persian Market; In a Fairy Realm
tr01. The Sacred Hour, rêverie, for baritone, chorus & orchestra

Composer’s synopsis
A young priest is playing the organ, the melody expressing his changing mood.  His thoughts are suddenly interrupted by the singing of the “Ave Maria”, and in an access of reverent emotion he resumes playing and almost imperceptibly his melody adapts itself to the “Ave Maria” (which is still being sung) and rises to a grand climax of devotional fervour. 
On the connection between Sacred Hour: reverie and the Ave Maria.

(Source + Tom McCanna email)

[Sacred Hour: reverie] was published in 1929, and words were added in 1933, when a song version was published.  The sheet music of the song version was revised in 1952, but in fact neither of these song versions correspond to the arrangement sung by Peter Dawson.

The Sacred Hour
shares with In a Monastery Garden the atmosphere of a Catholic religious establishment, with Latin chanting, organ and bells, but though attracting two recordings by the composer and two more by internationally renowned singers, no professional recording has been made since 1948. 

Around 1928 Ketèlbey wrote The Sacred Hour, a reverie for orchestra and optional chorus. As part of the story, the chorus chants sections of the Ave Maria. This version was recorded by the composer in 1929. There were also various other instrumental arrangements - for wind band, violin and piano, piano solo and organ solo.

In 1930 the German record company Odeon issued a curious recording of "Andachtsstunde", in which the first half of the music forms a background to a spoken dialogue between the Priest and a personified Temptation. .../...

Perhaps as a reaction to the excesses of the Lehmann recording, Ketèlbey wrote a narrative text to be sung to the music of The Sacred Hour. This was recorded in 1933 for the British recording company His Master's Voice by Peter Dawson. You have an excerpt from this recording on your website.

In the meantime, Ketèlbey had realised that there was a market for a simple choral version. He added four-part chorus to the original instrumental accompaniment, using the words of the Ave Maria, with a few small cuts and extra bars. This was published by Bosworth in 1932.

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