Yesterday for Song Lyric Sunday, where we were to choose songs that were about Mary, Marie, or Maria. I thought I would be clever and select that Catholic soul music classic “Ave Maria,” which set the Latin translation of the prayer we call the “Hail Mary” to one of the songs of Schubert’s Opus 52. I guess I should have chosen the other classical version of the prayer, the lesser-known but equally beautiful “Ave Maria” by Charles Gounod, an adaptation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude #1 in C Major” (BWV 846) from The Well-Tempered Clavier. Once again, here’s Luciano Pavarotti.
There are so many songs with Mary, Marie, or Maria in the title that didn’t show up on Sunday, so I think I’ll do a few of those this week.