Ave Maria (tr Reid)

From Wind Repertory Project
Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner (arr. Mark Reid)

General Info

Year: 1861 / 2013
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Grand Mesa
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896) is a celebrated composer, organist, and teacher. While there are many setting of the sacred Ave Maria text, only Bruckner's 1861 composition captures and translates the powerful presence of the organ to the choral idiom. Given the tone colour potential in the modern wind ensemble, Bruckner's brilliant blend of Renaissance melodic lines with chromaticism and harmonic language of the Romantic era make this transcription an appropriate extension of Bruckner's musical tastes. It is reasonable, then, to imagine Bruckner's approval for this transcription for wind ensemble.

This transcription was commissioned by Douglas Macaulay and Susan Magnan, Founders of the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival. It is dedicated to Elizabeth H. Rickman, a passionate, committed, and caring music educator who passed away long before the full effect of her excellent teaching were realized. Her belief in student leadership and pursuit of musical excellence are revered by colleagues and students. The premiere performance was given on April 29th, 2012 at the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival by more than 1400 student-musicians performing in the festival's Mass Band.

- Program Note from publisher

In memory of inspiring music educator Elizabeth R. Rickman. Commissioned by the Massed Band of the 2012 Con Brio Whistler Music Festival.

- Program Note from score

Ave Maria is a supplication to the Virgin Mary, drawn from the text of the annunciation. Bruckner's Ave Maria dates from 1861 and features three parts for female voice and four for male. It is one of the motets that are a staple of the choral repertory. The transcription assigns the voices primarily in consorts, assigning the female voices to the woodwinds and the male voices to the conical brass.

Ave Maria is a motet. Though the motet is mainly associated with the Medieval and Renaissance periods, composers of all periods wrote them. It is loosely defined as a vocal composition on a sacred Latin text, and next to the mass was seen as the highest form of sacred musical expression in earlier periods.

- Program Note Edwin Powell from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • O'Fallon (Ill.) District 90 Junior High Band – 4 May 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Powell, Edwin. "Ave Maria." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 128-132. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.