Here you can view and print Ave Maria sheet music in two famous
versions: One by Bach/Gounod and the other by Franz Schubert.
Read more about each Ave Maria composition, enjoy the videos and print the free sheet music for piano solo and for piano and voice!
Ave Maria Sheet Music by Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod is one of the most popular re-arrangements of J.S Bach’s music.
The piece is often performed with a singer and piano accompaniment, with a violoncello and piano accompaniment, or simply as a piano solo.
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About the Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach
In 1722 J.S Bach wrote the famous work “The Well tempered Clavier” part 1. Twenty years later he completed another set of preludes and fugues, which is now referred to as part 2. This work in two parts, has become a staple for every serious pianist.
The prelude is one of the easiest pieces in this collection, and I really recommend giving it a go! The C major Prelude is not for the absolute beginner, but on an intermediate level. You need to have learned to read notes, and be able to play 16th notes evenly.
This Prelude is what the song Ave Maria by Gounod is based upon.
In 1859, a French Romantic composer named Charles Gounod, inspired by the Prelude by Bach, arranged the prelude and added a melody to be sung or played together with it.
Since the Prelude is a progression of broken chords, without any obvious melody, it is easy to understand anyone wanting to add “something” to it.
J.S Bach himself though, thought it enough with a harmonic progression of chords as the humble introduction to the huge work “The Well tempered Clavier”. And it is, indeed a lovely piece just by itself.
Gounod called his arrangement: "Meditation on a Prelude by Bach". This loved piece has become a "classic" in it's own right.
Here are free copies of Ave Maria for piano solo, and piano and voice (the PDF will open in a new window):