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.
On this page, you'll free lead sheets in two languages, and downloadable piano accompaniments.
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.
The English words begin, "Father Almighty, Lord, we adore thee, bending before thee; hear us, unworthy though we be!"
This first group of free Ave Maria sheet music lead sheets uses the Latin lyrics.
Scroll down the page for the links to the free printable PDFs.
I have set it in multiple keys, (and in English as well) so that most instrumentalists can play it, as well as most vocalists sing it.
Here is famous soprano Kathleen Battle:
See the note ranges of Ave Maria in the different keys, below:
And now, here is the lead sheet for the English adaptation of Ave Maria, "Father Almighty."
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 English prayer.
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!
Again, the note ranges of the song, below:
Here is the Latin Ave Maria with piano accompaniment. It sounds like the Bach Prelude in C, because it is! Charles Gounod took Bach's lovely prelude and composed a melody to layer over the top of it.
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:
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 many 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.
Pages 2 & 4, below, are shown in the English version, Father Almighty. You can buy this version in the keys of A, C, D, F, and G - $5 for all the keys, unlimited copies:
So why should you buy Ave Maria (Latin) or Father Almighty (English adaptation) arrangements from me, aside from the fact that it is hard to find, and there are no other English adaptations available (that I know of)?
I give you permission to make UNLIMITED COPIES, for YOUR STUDENTS ONLY, of these two arrangements.
This song is available immediately as a digital download onto your computer. In 5 keys, for English ("Father Almighty") and 6 keys for Latin, "Ave Maria"!
You don't have to download any new software into your computer in order to download this PDF. I don't know about you, but I hate clogging up my computer with yet another program I didn't know I needed. You just need a version of Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader, which all computers come with. If you DON'T have Adobe Acrobat or a similar program, then you couldn't download any of my other PDFs either.
Speaking of reading the music, you can print this music on any kind of paper you want, and thus avoid the glare of shiny pages (so irritating for accompanists!).
Write and make notes all over these copies, in red and other colors, without feeling you are spoiling your music for posterity. I dislike messing up my music books, but learning the piece is always the first priority. These printouts will make great working copies.
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The links for the Latin free vocal line PDFs:
The links for the vocal line of the English version of Ave Maria:
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