Monday, May 25, 2009
Another in a series of occasional Ave's in this month of May...
This video features Bobby McFerrin and a huge audience, the composition of which I've not been able to discover. The video includes a fairly lengthy intro by McFerrin but please be patient and wait for the music to begin. As McFerrin instructs, the Bach-Gounod setting of the Ave is the combination of two musical pieces. A Bach prelude is the foundation and the Gounod setting of the Marian prayer sits atop it - tenderly and delicately so.
Besides the beauty of the composition, I find this performance particularly moving for the way McFerrin pulls together the voice of a large audience with his simple and amazing vocalizing of the prelude. What sends shivers up my spine each time I hear this is less McFerrin's vocal prowess and more the song the people make and his ability to draw that from them and to support it with a simple melody that bubbles from throat and mouth.
What comes of this unrehearsed collaboration is a thing of beauty.
Posted by Austin Fleming at 3:04 PM