Ave Maria

Ave Maria for SSAATTBB a cappella Composer: Pang Kwan (September 2020) ca. 4’40” This piece was selected for performance by the Sregnis Singers at the “A Cappella Concert with Sregnis Singers”. The concert was part of the “Hong Kong Contemporary…

Ave Maria

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Ave Maria
for SSAATTBB a cappella
Composer: Pang Kwan (September 2020)
ca. 4’40”

This piece was selected for performance by the Sregnis Singers at the “A Cappella Concert with Sregnis Singers”. The concert was part of the “Hong Kong Contemporary Music Festival 2020: Asian Delights”, hosted by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild. It was broadcasted on YouTube on 19 December 2020.
(Link of the original concert: )

This piece was recorded on 22 November 2020 at the Theatre of Hong Kong City Hall by the Sregnis Singers.

PROGRAMME NOTE

This piece was written in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with music set to the traditional Latin prayer Ave Maria. This work is an exploration of the relationship between text and music. With the pandemic affecting Hong Kong and different parts of the world, 2020 had been a particular challenging year for many of us. As a medical doctor, my feeling to this terrific pandemic is truly intense. In such times of uneasiness, I wish to deliver messages of blessings and comfort to listeners through this choral work.

Latin:

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

English:

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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