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Gounod : Ave Maria - G Major
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Ave Maria - G Major

Gounod, Charles-François (1818-1893)

Gounod's Ave Maria in G Major for very high voice (Difficult)!   

Pdf sheet music download for Voice (1/6 : Highest) and piano  

Vocal Range : D4 to B5 (C4 = middle C)

This sheet music is available for :

Includes : One score (4 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 9/12

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Program Notes on Ave Maria - G Major by Gounod :

In 1852, Gounod improvised a melody over Bach's Prelude in C from the Well-Tempered Clavier (written in 1722) which his future father-in-law, pianist Pierre-Joseph Zimmerman, wrote down and arranged for violin and small choir, a fifth above.

That same year, Gounod set his melody to the text Vers sur un album by Alphonse de Lamartine and had it published by L. Mayaud et Cie.

In 1853, a first instrumental version was published for violin (or cello) and piano under the title Méditation sur le 1er Prélude de piano de S. Bach.

In 1859, the melody was set to the Ave Maria prayer in Latin and was published in Paris by Heugel under the title Mélodie religieuse adaptée au 1er prélude de J.S. Bach. It was first performed in Paris on May 24, 1859 by the famous Mme Caroline Miolan-Carvalho, who also created the soprano roles in Gounod's operas Faust and Roméo et Juliette.

Please note that there are slight differences between the vocal and instrumental versions :
  • The titles are different : the vocal version is entitled Mélodie religieuse adaptée au 1er prélude de J.S. Bach, while the instrumental version is entitled Méditation sur le 1er Prélude de piano de S. Bach

  • The melody is played twice in the instrumental version but only once in the vocal version

  • The tempo marking is Andante semplice in the instrumental version and Andante con moto in the vocal version

  • There are slight differences in note values : for instance, measure 6 contains a whole note in the instrumental version, but a dotted half-note, a rest and an eight-note in the vocal version

  • The notes in the last four measures are different, and the vocal version contains a supplementary tremolo measure
This sheet music is based on Gounod's own original sheet music edition of this Ave Maria, first published in 1859.

Gounod entitled this arrangement for voice Mélodie religieuse adaptée au premier Prélude de J.S. Bach [Sacred melody adapted to the first Prelude of J.S. Bach].

This sheet music is set in the original key for Gounod's Ave Maria, G Major.

The vocal range is D4 to B5 (C4 is middle C).

The lyrics consist of one verse in Latin.

Please note also that in order to accomodate different vocal ranges, we offer Gounod's Ave Maria in different keys : These vocal ranges are based on C4 being middle C, but Gounod's Ave Maria can be sung one octave lower if necessary.

Sources :

Charles-François Gounod, Sacred & Pious Songs.

Associated collections :

Christmas Songs for Voice (1/6 : Very High)     Hymns & Praise Songs for Voice (1/6 : Very High)     Romantic Music for Voice (1/6 : Very High)    

Sheet music details :


(Mélodie religieuse adaptée au 1er Prélude de J.S. Bach - Meditation)
ComposerGounod, Charles-François (1818-1893) Opus/catalog numberAve Maria
MovementsModerato Composition/First publicationRomantic period
InstrumentationVoice (1/6 : Highest) and piano StyleHymns & Worship
KeyG Major Duration02:45
EditionEdited by M.A. Caux DifficultyGrade 9/12

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Ave Maria (Latin)

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum,
benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus.
Sancta Maria Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.

Hail Mary (English)

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Je Vous salue, Marie (French)

Je Vous salue, Marie pleine de grâce,
le Seigneur est avec Vous.
Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
Et Jésus, le fruit de Vos entrailles, est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu,
priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs,
maintenant et à l'heure de notre mort.

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