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CoverAve Maria [level: Medium]
J. Edmund Hughes: Bio and other works | Edith Copley Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 977 | duration: 2:30 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella


The Ave Maria chant forms the basis for this clever, effective piece. It would be especially beautiful in a reverberant setting.



Corona del Sol High School Jaztecs, Greg Hebert, conductor [© all rights reserved]

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"The apex of the evening was J. Edmund Hughes’s breathtaking setting of the Ave Maria. The work evolved precisely under the talent of Bruffy and his intuitive musicians. A long train of overlapping phrases were sculpted and molded out of the air. Following the liquid harmonies of the opening was a stunning aleatoric section. Each singer, by their own accord, sang a musical figure on the words “Ave Maria,” culminating in a lamentable, heart-wrenching crescendo. The work ended with one of the most delicate and awe-evoking “Amens” I have ever heard—it left me breathless and feeling fortunate to have encountered such a wonderful musical moment in my lifetime."
review by: Kansas City Online Journal of the Performing Arts , review of the October, 2011 concert by the Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy, conductor , -


"After having performed this setting of Ave Maria, my students were truly motivated to learn more about chant. Dr. J Edmund Hughes amazingly crafts chant lines with contemporary harmonies, thus enhancing the true meaning of this popular text. "
review by: Greg Hebert, Tempe, AZ - Corona Del Sol High School


Featured on the following reading sessions
2017 | Summer Choral Institute University of South Dakota June 21-24
2016 | Arizona ACDA Summer Workshop July 18-20
2013 | NV ACDA session 11/9
2013 | CA ACDA Summer Reading Session @ ECCO
2013 | WA ACDA Summer Institute
2013 | Utah MEA Trade Secrets Reading Session
2012 | AR ACDA Reading Session
2012 | Northwest ACDA Regional Conference
2011 | Rodney Eichenberger Choral Conducting Workshop
2011 | Univ of Mich Symposium in July
2011 | SDDI Reading Session
2011 | Four Corners Wkshp with Rodney Eichenberger

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