MacMillan, James: Ave Maris Stella (2011) 3'

for SATB chorus a cappella

Music Text  
Vesper hymn to Mary (L)
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World Premiere
Truro Cathedral, Truro
Truro Cathedral Choir / Christopher Gray

Repertoire Note  
Choral level of difficulty: 1 (5 greatest)

A simple chordal setting of these lovely words in praise of the Virgin Mary. MacMillan gives very helpful and evocative tips about colours like ‘warm’ and ‘misterioso’ at key points. At the end the texture is enriched by the soprano line taking off on a soaring descant up to a top A before subsiding to a quiet D major chord for the end.

Repertoire Note by Paul Spicer

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