Ave Maria is one of the most popular and recorded ‘classical’ works ever and has been entertaining and moving audiences since its original publication in 1853. It is comprised of two parts, with French Romantic composer Charles Gounod skilfully superimposing his haunting melody over the Prelude No. 1 in C major from J.S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, written 137 years prior.
It is arranged here as a B flat soloist and vibraphone duet by Katrina Marzella. The key is well-chosen for the brass soloist’s performance of Gounod’s melody and contains dynamic, phrasing and interpretive guidance. Using vibraphone for the Bach Prelude provides a delicate and atmospheric timbre, perfect for creating a calm contrast at a variety of concerts and recitals.