Ave Maria Mater Dei (2006)

Ave Maria No. 2 for high voice and pianoMadonna and Child

Duration: ca. 5 minutes

Premiere: 05.12.2009 by Tammie Bradley, soprano, and Kevin Bylsma, piano

Program notes: Ave Maria Mater Dei  is the second in my series of Ave Marias, a fifty year-long project (if I live until 2054!). I composed the first Ave Maria in 2005, which was my first officially written-out/completed composition (ever) and I plan to write one each year for 50 years. This specific Ave Maria is a meditation on Mary’s role as God’s mother. The repetitive nature of the piano accompaniment in this piece serves as a vehicle to help one meditate– perhaps on the thought of God choosing a young girl to bear Himself, incarnate, within her body.

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Listen to Ave Maria Mater Dei  below:

Version by Catherine Randall, soprano and Melissa Massery, piano: