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Published on Mar 1, 2008
Deanna Durbin, at age 18, singing Franz Schubert's masterpiece. Here is what Schubert had to say about this song, in a letter to his father:
"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." ________________________________________ Ave Maria Gratia plena Maria, gratia plena Maria, gratia plena Ave, ave dominus Dominus tecum Benedicta tu in mulieribus Et benedictus Et benedictus fructus ventris Tuae, Jesus. Ave Maria
Ave Maria Mater Dei Ora pro nobis peccatoribus Ora, ora pro nobis Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus Nunc et in hora mortis In hora mortis nostrae In hora mortis, mortis nostrae In hora mortis nostrae Ave Maria
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. ______________________________________
The close-ups are of her co-stars in the film: Kay Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Cecilia Loftis, Lewis Howard, Samuel S. Hinds, and the wonderful S.Z. Sakall (Carl the waiter from Casablanca) in his American film debut.