Ave Maria is a popular and much-recorded setting of the Latin prayer Ave Maria, originally published in 1853 as Méditation sur le Premier Prélude de Piano de S. Bach. The piece consists of a melody by the French Romantic composer Charles Gounod that he superimposed over an only very slightly changed version of the Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, from Book I of J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, written 137 years earlier.
Gounod improvised the melody, and his future father-in-law Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann transcribed the improvisation and in 1853 made an arrangement for violin (or cello) with piano and harmonium. The same year it appeared with the words of Alphonse de Lamartine's poem Le livre de la vie ("The Book of Life"). In 1859 Jacques Léopold Heugel published a version with the familiar Latin text. The version of Bach's prelude used by Gounod includes the "Schwencke measure" (m.23), a measure allegedly added by Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke in an attempt to correct what he or someone else erroneously deemed a "faulty" progression, even though this sort of progression was standard in Bach's music.
Alongside Schubert's Ave Maria, the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria has become a fixture at wedding Masses, funerals and quinceañeras. There are many different instrumental arrangements including for violin and guitar, string quartet, piano solo, cello, and even trombones. Opera singers, such as Nellie Melba, Franco Corelli and Luciano Pavarotti, as well as choirs have recorded it hundreds of times during the twentieth century.
Later in his career, Gounod composed an unrelated setting of Ave Maria for a four-part SATB choir.
Blake is a British vocal group. Blake comprises three men whose friendship and musical careers date back to their schooldays. After reuniting via Facebook as adults they recorded their first album in six months. That album. Blake, went straight to number one in the UK Classical Album Chart and into the Top Twenty Pop Chart. Their career took off, a series of highlights, some of which are recorded below.Christmas Portrait
Christmas Portrait is the first Christmas album and ninth studio album by American music duo Carpenters, released on October 13, 1978.Friar Alessandro
Alessandro Brustenghi (born in Assisi, Italy on 21 April 1978) also known as Friar Alessandro or at times Brother Alessandro (in English), Frate Alessandro (in Italian) or Frère Alessandro (in French) is an Italian Franciscan friar and a tenor singer of religious music. He is also the first religious brother to land an exclusive record contract with a major record label, in this case Universal Music.Friar Alessandro's debut album is called Voice from Assisi (in Italian La voce da Assisi or in French La voix d'Assise). It was released on 15 October 2012. The initial single is a double-A side release, the tracks "Panis Angelicus" and "Sancta Maria". The first is the penultimate strophe of the hymn Sacris solemniis written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi and the second is from Cavalleria rusticana .Good Night, Dear Lord
Good Night, Dear Lord is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released by Columbia Records on March 3, 1958, and is the first of many projects undertaken over the course of his career that have a specific focus, which here happens to be religion. Several musical styles are covered, including spirituals ("Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "Deep River"), classical works (the Bach/Gounod and Schubert compositions of "Ave Maria"), songs from the Jewish tradition ("Eli Eli", "Kol Nidre"), and 20th-century offerings ("May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You", "One God").
The album debuted on Billboard magazine's list of the 25 Best-Selling Pop LPs in the US in the issue dated April 7, 1958, and peaked at number 10 during its 12 weeks there.The release of the album in the UK on the Fontana label was re-titled Heavenly (not to be confused with Mathis's album of the same name that came out the following year). While the original US release of Good Night, Dear Lord was in the monaural format, the stereo version was available later that year, on July 14. On May 7, 1996, it was issued for the first time on compact disc.Hooked on Classics
Hooked on Classics is an album by Louis Clark and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, published in 1981 by K-tel and distributed by RCA Records, part of the Hooked on Classics series.
The opening track, "Hooked on Classics" (Parts 1 & 2), was released as a single in October 1981, peaking at number 2 in the UK and later in the US at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982. It was the 56th biggest hit of that year. The song also reached number 10 on the Cash Box Top 100.
In Canada, the single peaked at number 21, and spent four weeks at that position. "Hooked on Classics" also reached number one on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.In Germany and Austria, the album was released titled "Classic Disco" and reached number one in both countries.Kiri – The Best Of
Kiri is a greatest hits album released by New Zealand opera diva, Kiri Te Kanawa in 2001.
This unique compilation is a comprehensive study of Kiri Te Kanawa's most memorable moments. It features 20 tracks from 4 different labels. Tracks include arias from the Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, La Traviata, and her famous O Mio Babbino Caro. Also included is Let the bright Seraphim by Handel, which Te Kanawa sang at the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales in 1981.Leonard Falcone
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List of songs recorded by Sergio Franchi
This is a comprehensive list of the songs recorded by Sergio Franchi. It begins with the songs he recorded on the Durium label in Italy and in the UK (1959-1961), and continues with the songs he recorded in the United States beginning in 1962.Mad About Music
Mad About Music is a 1938 American musical film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, and Gail Patrick. Based on a story by Marcella Burke and Frederick Kohner, the film is about a girl at an exclusive boarding school who invents an exciting father. When her schoolmates doubt his existence, she has to produce him. Mad About Music received Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Music, and Best Original Story.Marie Rappold
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The following is a discography of original albums and singles released by American singer Mario Lanza.Prelude in C (Bach)
Prelude in C (Bach) can refer to one of several compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach:
Prelude in C major, BWV 846, from the Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846, from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) a popular setting of the Latin text Ave Maria, composed by Charles Gounod to be superimposed over Bach's Prelude in C major, BWV 846
Prelude in C minor, BWV 847, from the Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 847, from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier
Prelude in C minor, BWV 871, from the Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 871, from Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier
Prelude in C minor, BWV 934, from the Six Little Preludes, BWV 933–938
Prelude in C minor, BWV 999, for solo luteRadu Marian
Radu Marian (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈradu mariˈan]; born in 1977) is a Romanian/Moldovan male soprano or sopranist.
Marian possesses a pure soprano voice in the range of C4 to C6, and he is considered an important singer in Baroque music. His repertoire incorporates cantatas written for soprano by composers like Handel, Bononcini, Carissimi, and Frescobaldi, and the repertoire of the old castrati. Marian has been called "the Baroque nightingale" by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
Marian is an "endocrinological castrato" or "natural castrato". A natural castrato is a male singer who never went through puberty and is able to keep his "unbroken" voice intact.This Christmas (98 Degrees album)
This Christmas is the third album (and first Christmas album) by 98 Degrees. The album sold over 1 million copies in the US alone and spawned the Top 40 hit single "This Gift".Winter Nights (album)
Winter Nights is a 1999 album by Italian-American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist Al Di Meola. The album contains a collection of Christmas songs and is Al Di Meola's first so-called Christmas album.