I find Ave Maria by Franz Schubert to be a beautiful song, this particular version is sung with the beautiful voice of Barbara Bonney. Please play the video to listen whilst you read the rest of this short page about this piece of opera music.
Ave Maria - Hail Mary
The German composer Franz Schubert composed Ave Maria around 1825 when he was 28 years old. The song is filled with beauty and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The song was composed to be played with vocals and piano and was first published in 1826 as Opera 52 no 6.
The words most commonly used with Schubert's music are not the words that the composer originally set to music. Franz Schubert actually wrote the music for an excerpt from the poem The Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), which was translated into German by Adam Storck. Schubert called his piece Ellens Dritter Gesang.
The beautiful German version as sung in the Youtube video by Barbara Bonney as pictured below
Ave Maria Jungfrau mild,
And the English translation:
Ave Maria! maiden mild!
Ave Maria! undefiled!
Ave Maria! stainless styled.
A letter from Schubert to his father and stepmother refers to the music of Ave Maria:
"My new songs from Scott's Lady of the Lake especially had much success. They also wondered greatly at my piety, which I expressed in a hymn to the Holy Virgin and which, it appears, grips every soul and turns it to devotion."
The adapted Latin words of Ave Maria prayer are now the version most commonly performed with this great piece from Schubert.
Franz Schubert 31 January 1797 - 19 November 1828 Place of Birth : Lichtental, Austria. He died in Vienna, Austria after contracting Typhus at the young age of just 31. R.I.P