Ave Maria   (No.4 in Op.25 A Day in Venice)

Composer: Ethelberth Woodbridge Nevin (1862-1901), 1898

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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Recording:  no CD available
Lyrics:  none (piano only)
Score:  free download on IMSLP
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Posted on YouTube:  

Ave Maria starts at 6'46" in the video

PSearPianist | January 18, 2011
Alba (Dawn); Gondolieri (Gondoliers); Canzone Amoroso (Venetian Love Song); Buona Notte (Good Night).
The US composer Ethelbert Nevin (1862-1901) first studied music in Pittsburgh and Boston, before completing his training - like so many of his compatriots - in Germany. While there, he studied piano with Hans von Bulow in Dresden and Klindworth in Berlin. Thereafter, he divided his time between the USA and Europe. His most famous piano piece is 'Narcissus' - to me an early forerunner of the novelty rag style.
Nevin had actually spent a year in Venice before he wrote this short suite (in Boston, in 1898) so he knew his subject matter! This short suite is remarkable for the degree of sentimentality - however, the sentiment is always heartfelt and touching. It has always been a favourite of mine, and I have played it in recital. The last movement (Buona Notte) starts with an ' Ave Maria ' before the gondoliers call out 'Addio' against a background of chiming bells.
Played by Phillip Sear 

Posted on YouTube:   The Rosary by Ethelberth Nevin

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