This free Ave Maria sheet music fulfills the desire for wedding ceremony music that is elegant and beautiful. There are many musical settings for the text "Ave Maria," but the one by Bach/Gounod is one of the most famous, and makes the loveliest of wedding songs.
When I looked for wedding songs for my own wedding (many years ago!), none of the Christian wedding songs seemed as beautiful to me as this sung prayer.
With alternative English words addressed to God the Father, this free wedding sheet music joins the ranks of Protestant Christian wedding songs. Yes, the Latin words are here too, in a free lead sheet version.
I have set it in multiple keys so that most instrumentalists can play it, as well as most vocalists sing it. Look down the page for the free lead sheets, and farther down for downloadable piano music accompaniments (unlike most of the music on my site, those ones are for sale).
Here is choir boy Alexander Kalbitz singing the Latin words -- I love the energy he puts into the music!
Here is the first group of free Ave Maria sheet music lead sheets:
Download free Ave Maria sheet music in the key of A
Download free wedding music in the key of C
Download free wedding song Ave Maria in the key of D
Download Ave Maria sheet music in the key of Eb
Download wedding ceremony music Ave Maria in the key of F
Download Ave Maria sheet music in the key of G
See the note ranges of Ave Maria in the different keys, below:
What is interesting about the history of this wedding ceremony music is that J.S.Bach, who wrote the Prelude in C (which forms the underlying harmonic foundation for this song) was a German Protestant. As most musicians know, he wrote great quantities of sacred music, and dedicated his pieces "in the name of Jesus" and "to the glory of God alone." (The Prelude in C is part of a set of 24 paired preludes and fugues for keyboard instrument called "The Well-Tempered Clavier", written in each major and minor key.)
Charles Gounod, who composed the lovely soaring melody and set it over Bach's C Prelude, was a French Catholic who for a time considered entering the priesthood. Like many Catholic composers, he wished to make a setting of the Ave Maria (a prayer to Mary). It is a beautiful setting.
But for non-Catholic Christians, and particularly for wedding ceremony music, the English words substituted here, "Father Almighty... Lord, we adore Thee...etc." are much more meaningful. The prayer ends with the words "Hear us, oh hear us, and let Thy blessing rest on us." This is how it was sung at my wedding, but I do not know who wrote the English words, as I can't find them anymore!
And now, here is the lead sheet for the English adaptation of Ave Maria, "Father Almighty." (If you want the piano accompaniments, I have them for sale below.) I've re-set this free wedding song in a number of keys, so that all instrumentalists can play the solo. (If you feel I've left your instrument out, write and tell me! I didn't set it for viola, but I could.)
Download Father Almighty (Ave Maria) sheet music in the key of A
Download free Ave Maria sheet music in the key of C
Download Father Almighty (Ave Maria) sheet music in the key of D
Download Father Almighty (Ave Maria) sheet music in the key of Eb
Download Father Almighty (Ave Maria) sheet music in the key of F
Download Father Almighty (Ave Maria) sheet music in the key of G
And again, the note ranges of the song, below:
And here is Ave Maria with piano accompaniment. Unlike most of my public domain arrangements and music, it is not free, but is for sale. I am charging $5.00 for UNLIMITED COPIES, in all 6 keys!!
Here is what the Latin version (the original), pages 1 and 3 of the 4-page document, look like:
The version below (pages 2 & 4 are shown) is in the keys of A, C, D, F, and G. This is the English version, Father Almighty.
And last is a video of Frank Tenaglia singing (what a fabulous voice):
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