Viola part from Reliquary of Sacred Music - Franck, C. - Ave Maria - arr. for Soprano & String Quartet arr. by Gerald Manning

Franck, C.
4 minutes
Classical music

CESAR FRANCK (1822-1890)


Belgian-born French Composer Cesar Franck a modest man who had the wonderful gift of extemporization entered the Paris Conservatoire in1837 where his teachers were Leborne for composition and Zimmermann for Piano. He was just fifteen years old at that time and had his first brush with the then director Cherubini when he disregarded the strict rules at his first piano examination. He gave a startling account of the set pieces but when it came to the sight-reading test the young student without the slightest error or hesitation transposed the entire test-piece a third lower. Cherubini was furious and refused to award the first prize to Franck, however he was obviously impressed as he awarded him a special �Grand Prix d�Honneur.� Cesar Franck composed his Ave Maria in 1863 for soprano, tenor and bass, and since then it has been arranged for a wide variety of Choral and Instrumental ensembles.

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