Ave Maria based on a prelude by J.S. Bach written by
French Romantic composer Charles Gounod in 1859 as the
"Consideration on Bach's prelude". His Ave Maria
consists of a melody superimposed over the Prelude No.
1 in C major, BWV 846, from Book I of The Well-Tempered
Clavier, written by J.S. Bach some 137 years earlier.
I transcribed his original piece for Viola & Cello and
found this to be a hauntingly interesting blend of old
and new and utilized the rich strings to accentuate
transitions between melody and dissonance; providing
musical interest with their overtones to provide
suspense and melodic resolution. I created this
arrangement for Viola & Cello.