Gounod's Ave Maria has been arranged for viola and piano by world-famous violist Donald McInnes. Written by French Romantic composer Charles Gounod in 1859, his Ave Maria consists of a melody superimposed over the Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier, written by J.S. Bach 137 years earlier.
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Below is the original Latin Prayer text and the English translation
for this song:
Ave Maria gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta Maria Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.