PIECES ABOUT THE VIRGIN MARY
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A composition in ABA form that I especially like, because it establishes an abrupt contrast. The first part of the Ave Maria is sung by a child, like the angel announcing. It is a sweet and simple melody. In the "Sancta Maria", the child continues but the choir is added in a closed mouth, and already in the "ora pro nobis" the tension increases with wider intervals, until in "peccatoribus" the soloist fades out before the entrance of the choir after a dramatic modulation to Cm in "nunc et in hora". The tension builds to a climax in "mortis nostrae", where a series of non-diatonic chords and a violin semifusas convey the anguish of death... until the light comes on and peace comes back with a return to the original key and with the angel repeating the salutation to the Virgin.