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AVE MARIA


Italian composer Ennio Morricone may be best known for his soundtracks for spaghetti westerns, but he also wrote music for many other types of film. The Gurt Lush repertoire includes a number of pieces from his score for the 1986 film The Mission, in which 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe from the danger of slavery under Portuguese rule. The clip to the right shows Morricone's setting of Ave Maria in the context of the film - and includes an English translation of the words - but the soundtrack music is more clearly heard using this link.

Morricone himself conducted a live performance of Ave Maria in Santiago, Chile, in 2008; the choir here is the Coro Sinfónico de la Universidad de Chile.

Other good performances to be found on YouTube include these by the Coro De Cámara Gaudia Música of Guriezo, Spain, and by the Coro San Benedetto from Italy.