The Ave Maria (Latin) (or Angelic Salutation or Hail
Mary) is a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the
intercession of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The Hail Mary is used within the Catholic Church, and
it forms the basis of the Rosary. The prayer is also
used by some Anglicans and by many other groups within
the Western Catholic tradition of Christianity. A
somewhat different form of the prayer is used in the
Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches and
other groups of Eastern Christianity. Some Protestant
denominations, such as Lutherans, also make use of a
form of the prayer. Most of the text of the Hail Mary
can be found within the Gospel of Luke.
This choral worh has been attributed to D. J. Benz (ca.
17th century) and although originally created for
Chorus (SATB), I created this arrangement for Saxophone
Quartet (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Baritone Sax).