Ave Maria, mater Dei (2017)

February 3rd, 2020

Ave Maria, mater Dei (2017)

A setting of an anonymous liturgical text


SATB with off-stage solo trebles/sopranos

For James MacMillan, with many thanks.

Commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

fp. 22 May 2018; The Sixteen, Harry Christopher, Choirboys of Eton College Chapel Choir, Eton College Chapel, Windsor, UK

Sco.p. 07 October 2018; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, Trinity Church, Cumnock, UK

US.p. 02 May 2020; Khorikos, Alec Galambos, Shrine Church of St Anthony of Padua, Manhattan, New York, USA

Ave Maria, mater Dei (2017) (pdf)


Ave Maria, mater Dei is a setting of the text set so imaginatively by William Cornysh in the Eton Choirbook. My work takes the text and uses it in a rhapsodic fashion with two off-stage sopranos augmenting the main choir. The text ‘Ave Maria, Mater Dei’ is used as a refrain throughout the piece moving back and forth from off-stage to main choir providing a narrative framework for the whole work.


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