Vladimir Vavilov (1925–1973) was a Russian guitarist, lutenist and composer. As a composer he routinely ascribed his own works to others, primarily those of the Renaissance and Baroque eras — even though his compositions were stylistically quite different than the music of those eras.
Vavilov composed “Ave Maria” around 1970, attributing it to “Anonymous.” After his death in 1973 it was falsely attributed to Giulini Caccini (1551-1618), and it has been recorded and is still often performed with that attribution.
Perhaps the work's popularity owes something to its simple yet attractive chord structure. Compare the repeated eight-bar changes of Vavilov's work — Am | Dm7 | G7 | CM7 | FM7 | Dm | B7 | E — to the first eight bars of Jerome Kern's “All the Things You Are” — Am7 | Dm7 | G7 | CM7 | FM7 | F#m7 B7 | EM7 | EM7.
Regardless of its pedigree, “Ave Maria” is a lovely aria that is well-suited to the “singing” capabilities of the trombone or euphonium.
This video is a demo of the sheet music available from Con Spirito Music. Visit conspiritomusic.com.
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