Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), was a prolific and successful composer but wrote comparatively few choral works. Known the world over for his Piano Concerto in A minor and his incidental music to Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt', Grieg's music is immediately accessible and full of wonderful Nordic melody and influences.
Ave Maris Stella, set to an early Medieval text, is a work of beauty and atmosphere. An evocative and memorable melodic line is underpinned by a harmonic palette which should appeal to singers and audiences alike. Although in four parts, there are some effective part divisions which help to create wonderful textures and timbres in a relatively short time span. There are few challenges here for any choir and this would also work well with eight soloists.
4 pages / A4 format / Paperback
Duration: c.2 minutes