Ave Maria in Fantasia


Big Al

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

Big Al

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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.
 

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.
 
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.
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".
 
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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