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Ave Maria in Fantasia

Discussion in 'Archive' started by Big Al, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. Big Al

    Big Al New Member

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    Does anyone have the lyrics to this piece that were written by Rachel Field? I haven't been able to decipher them. ???
     
  2. musicradio77

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    Here is last piece of lyrics that was taken from the IMDb site in the "Memorable Quotes" section:

    The Prince of peace your arms embrace, while hosts of darkness fade and cower. Oh, save us, Mother full of grace, in life and in our dying hour, Ave Maria!

    In numerous non-Disney Christmas albums, the lyrics were different and the title is the same.
     
  3. Big Al

    Big Al New Member

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    Thanks for the info. But I guess the rest of it goes undeciphered? This is one of the hardest pieces I have ever tried to do so. I could pick out an occasional "grace" and of course" Ave Maria."

    Does anyone else have anymore info? This has been killing me ever since I first saw it.
     
  4. beckfam

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    I ran across these somewhere online some years back:

    Ave Maria!
    Heaven's bride
    The bells ring out in solemn praise,
    For you the anguish and the pride,
    The living glory of our nights
    Our nights and days.
    The Prince of Peace your arms embrace
    While hosts of darknes fade and cower
    Oh, save us, Mother full of grace,
    In life, and in our dying hour.
    Ave Maria!


    It's funny, I could never determine the lyrics just listening either, but when I listen with the lyrics in front of me, they seem pretty clear. There were actually two more verses posted with this, but this is the only one in the film.
     
  5. musicradio77

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    Thanks a lot, I was listening to the "Fantasia" 3-LP set on the last cut of side 6. The voices that I heard sounded audible with the chorus.

    I guess that Celine Dion's version of "Ave Maria" had different lyrics like this:

    Ave maria
    Maiden mild!
    Oh, listen to a maiden?s prayer
    For thou canst hear amid the wild
    ?tis thou, ?tis thou canst save amid despair
    We slumber safely till the morrow
    Though we?ve by man outcast reviled
    Oh, maiden, see a maiden?s sorrow
    Oh, mother, hear a suppliant child!
    Ave maria
    Ave maria, gratia plena
    Maria, gratia plena
    Maria, gratia plena
    Ave, ave dominus
    Dominus tecum
    The murky cavern?s air so heavy
    Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled
    Oh, maiden, hear a maiden pleadin?
    Oh, mother, hear a suppliant child
    Ave maria
    Ave maria


    That one was not written by Rachel Field. Rachel died in 1942 which she wrote new lyrics to "Ave Maria" in "Fantasia" two years prior to her death. Stevie Wonder also had the lyrics to this song and it was in Latin. It was from the LP "Someday At Christmas", it goes like this:

    Ave Maria
    Gratia plena
    Maria, gratia plena
    Maria, gratia plena
    Ave, ave dominus
    Dominus tecum
    Benedicta tu in mulieribus
    Et benedictus
    Et benedictus fructus ventris
    Ventris tuae, Jesus.
    Ave Maria

    Ave Maria
    Mater Dei
    Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
    Ora pro nobis
    Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
    Nunc et in hora mortis
    Et in hora mortis nostrae
    Et in hora mortis nostrae
    Et in hora mortis nostrae
    Ave Maria


    Those are just original Latin lyrics to Franz Schubert's immortial song. Johnny Mathis also did "Ave Maria" as well as Vic Damone, The Lennon Sisters and many others. It could be heard on numerous Christmas albums centered around "Fantasia".
     
  6. diegorivera2

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    Bill might kill me, but that's Latin.

    The English translation you have listed is part of Sir Walter Scott's poem 'The Lady of the Lake' for which Schubert wrote the music.

    Please note this is not the same 'Lady of the Lake' as used in Spamalot and does not include the optional fireworks coda.
     

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