This is Tomas Vittoria’s Ave Maria. At this time, Western music as we know it was beginning to emerge.
This is Palestrina, an exceptionally prolific and important composer of polyphony. Polyphony is beautiful, but also difficult to sing. Or it is when you find reading music difficult. 😉
This is Bach-Gounod’s version of Ave Maria, sung by Maria Callas, aka La Divina.
And this is Verdi’s aria Ave Maria from the opera Otello, sung by Kiri Te Kanawa. Has there ever been such a sublime sound? When I played her version of the aria, my mom turned to me after the high note and said “What a beautiful sound!” So true, so true.
Last but not least, I haven’t posted anything by Renee Fleming, an oversight on my part. Here is Renee Fleming singing Schubert’s Ave Maria.