Ave Maria (trans Kreines)

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Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner (trans. Joseph Kreines)

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Subtitle: 1882 Setting

General Info

Year: 1882 / 2006
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $66.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


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Program Notes

The noble, sustained and somewhat dark style of Bruckner is prominent in this moving tribute. All the beautiful, rich textures, bold and surprising harmonies and deep religious conviction are effectively reflected. A magnificent representation using numerous combinations of instrumental colors and textures.

- Program Note from publisher

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

  • Florida: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bruckner, A.; Kreines, J. Ave Maria (1882 Setting) [score]. Aeolus Music: Winter Park, Fla.
  • Powell, Edwin. "Ave Maria." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 128-132. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.