In this video, Violinist Susanna Yoko Henkel plays a simple but incredibly moving tune by Franz Schubert “Ave Maria” From the album “The Christmas Stradivari” (2013).
Schubert’s Ave Maria isn’t the most popular Ave Maria out there, Bach also composed music for this song which originally was written by Walter Scott.
Its Full name: “Ellens dritter Gesang” (“Ellens Gesang III”, D. 839, Op. 52, No. 6, 1825), in English: “Ellen’s Third Song”. the Austrian composer Schubert wrote it in 1825 , aged 28 as a humble Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary from a frightened girl, Ellen Douglas, who had been forced into hiding. It was a part of his Opus 52, a setting of seven songs from Walter Scott’s popular epic poem The Lady of the Lake, loosely translated into German. However, “Ave Maria” (Franz Schubert) contains the words ‘Ave Maria’, but only in reference to the prayer itself.
It has become one of Schubert’s most popular works, recorded by a wide variety and large number of singers, under the title of Ave Maria, in arrangements with various lyrics which commonly differ from the original context of the poem. It was arranged in three versions for piano by Franz Liszt.
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