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Can a choir survive and even thrive on a repertoire of only "Ave Maria" settings?
Date: April 15, 2010
A few thoughts:
1. Does a choir need a (more) varied repertoire to keep participants occupied / interested / challenged?
2. The Ave Maria is probably the one text that has been used most often by composers through history and "comes in all shapes and colors". There's variety and challenge for you.
Check out my website: www.avemariasongs.org
There are currently more than 3000 different Ave Maria settings listed of over 2800 composers, ranging from c1000AD through contemporary. That listing is of course quite incomplete.
More than 1600 Ave Marias have been documented with a musical score, MIDI and/or audio/video recordings.
More than 660 Ave Marias are available in MIDI format.
Hundreds of (non-copyrighted) scores can be downloaded for free.
An invitation, a challenge:
Anyone interested to give it a try?
Anyone interested to take a more moderate approach and include a variety of Ave Maria settings in their choir's repertoire?
Please make recordings / videos, and if of good enough quality to represent your choir, post them on YouTube. :-)
Who knows, maybe that can grow into some kind of contest?
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