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Something New for the Dulcimer



          John Sackenheim and I, continuing to explore the limits of 1-3-5 tunings, have turned our attention to classical music. This may not be everyone’s “cup of tea”, so we’ve chosen a favorite of many, known as “Ave Maria”. In doing so, we discovered there are actually two well-known  melodies of that title, one by Franz Schubert (1797-1825), and a second by Charles Gounod (1818-1893), based on an earlier composition by Johann S. Bach (1685-1750). In fact, there are actually many other religious compositions by that title. This is explained by the fact that the term, meaning Hail Mary, denotes a particular form of prayer within the Catholic faith. The lyrics are attributed to the words of the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:28), adopted as a popular devotional prayer as early as the 11th century.


          Schubert’s composition came first in the form of a song based on the poem “Lady of the Lake”, by Sir Walter Scott.  Gounod’s, on the other hand, was written as a melody superimposed on the Prelude in C major of Bach’s composition, “The Well-Tempered Clavier”.


          John arranged the Schubert version, and I did the Bach/Gounod. Both were great challenges as dulcimer arrangements, especially since both were based on musical scores intended for church organs. We both feel the results are well worth the effort, and leave it to you folks to be the judges.


          Below are Midi files music notation/tab files of both arrangements for your listening and playing pleasure. We would appreciate it if you would sign our guestbook.  Thank you,


Merv and John


Ave Maria .MIDI

Franz Schubert (1797-1825)    /    Bach/Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

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