Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 88: Ave Maria


Welcome back to Busy Kids Love Music! In Episode #88, we continue our enchanting journey through the world of composer Franz Schubert. This time, we delve into a familiar masterpiece, “Ave Maria,” uncovering its original text and the captivating story that shaped its creation. Join us as we unravel the threads of this timeless composition in today’s episode, and don’t forget to explore our specially curated playlist on YouTube, linked at the bottom of this post.

**Exploring the Origins:**
“Ave Maria,” meaning “Hail Mary” in Latin, is a prayer often used by Roman Catholics to invoke the intercession of Mary, the mother of Jesus. However, Schubert’s rendition took an unexpected path. In this episode, we unravel the origins of “Ave Maria” and its unique journey from Sir Walter Scott’s renowned poem, “The Lady of the Lake.” Schubert, drawing inspiration from Scott’s narrative, crafted a musical masterpiece.

**The Lady of the Lake and Schubert’s Musical Adaptation:**
Transport yourself to the mystical world of Sir Walter Scott’s poem, “The Lady of the Lake.” The heroine, Ellen Douglas, finds herself in the Goblin’s cave, singing a prayer to the Virgin Mary for help. Schubert, entranced by Scott’s narrative, composed not just “Ave Maria” but a collection of seven songs inspired by this popular poem.

**A Musical Feast for the Ears:**
Our curated playlist on YouTube awaits you at the bottom of this post. Immerse yourself in the diverse interpretations of “Ave Maria,” each offering a unique perspective on Schubert’s composition. From soulful renditions to spirited performances, this playlist is a celebration of the beauty and versatility of “Ave Maria.”

**Schubert’s Artistic Vision:**
Discover the story behind Schubert’s decision to set Sir Walter Scott’s poem to music. While “Ave Maria” has become synonymous with religious contexts, Schubert initially crafted it without specific religious intentions. Explore the composer’s artistic vision and the intricate tapestry he wove through the harmonies of this timeless piece.

**Episode #88: A Harmonious Tapestry of Music and Storytelling:**
Whether you’re a seasoned classical music enthusiast or a newcomer to Schubert’s world, Episode #88 promises a harmonious blend of music and storytelling. Join me on this auditory adventure as we uncover the layers of “Ave Maria” and the narrative that breathes life into this iconic composition.



Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Episode 87: The Life and Music of Franz Schubert

Music Heard in this Episode:

Schubert – Ave Maria

Ave Maria (Schubert) – Solo Harp – Helen Maxwell, Harpist

Schubert/Liszt – Ave Maria


Ave Maria Schubert Liszt Valentina Lisitsa

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 88

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you that includes a variety of incredible performances and different interpretations and instrumentations of Schubert’s masterpiece. You can view the videos I’ve complied here.

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