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Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) | The Girl Choir of South Florida

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"Ave Maria" by J. S. Bach and Charles Gounod.

Recorded live on March 15, 2014, at Plantation United Methodist Church in Plantation, Florida. Performed by the Concert Choir ensemble of the Girl Choir of South Florida. Artistic Director: Wallis Peterson, Accompanist: Gayle Giese. Show less
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From the program notes of the Anonymous 4 recording:

During the high Middle Ages, Christian Europe was swept up in a wave of passionate adoration of the virgin Mary. If we may judge by surviving sources of sacred music and poetry, nowhere was her cult stronger than in the British Isles, where Ladymasses and other special votive services were said and sung daily in churches large and small.

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These works express a range of responses to these marvels: mirth and joy, wonder and praise, and even theological exegesis. But the thread that ties this music together is a striving toward something out of the ordinary, a special sound or gesture, reserved for this most wonderful time.
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