commentary to Ave Maria
Ave Maria for voice and organ (piano) or string quartet (1982)
First performance: August 15, 1983, Würzburg, St. Bruno-Kirche
Martin Hummel / Christoph Weinhart
Dedication: for Martin
Version with Organ: ED 22259 / ISMN: 979-0-001-20326-5
Version with string quartet: ED 22542 / ISMN 979-0-001-16067-4
Bertold Hummel composed this Ave Maria for his son Martin who performed the work accompanied by the family string quartet as testified by a surviving viola part. This part contains an outline of the first 16 bars to be used as a prelude.
The bipartite composition links a major/minor tonality with an affinity to thirds and modal harmony. The dominating element of the accompaniment is a descending Phrygian scale which changes direction during the course of the work and undergoes additional transformations into the Doric mode and a minor key. The second section (“Sancta Maria...”) returns to the music from the beginning of the piece, subsequently leading into new combinations of the musical material.
Christoph Weinhart 2015
Maria, gratia plena,
Mary, full of grace,
See also: Christmas Music by Bertold Hummel