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The very designation 'Caccini's Ave Maria' is one that provokes debate. Who is Caccini? And has the piece actually anything to do with him?
The answer to the first question is easy: Caccini was a sixteenth-century composer, based in Florence, and a gifted singer in his own right. To answer the second question, though, is to approach something of a minefield.
No one really knows who wrote this Ave Maria, mainly because the setting didn't come to light until the twentieth century. Although its presence on any classical crossover singer's album is now almost guaranteed, the piece was unknown before the 1970's. One plausible reason as to why this might be is that this Ave Maria arguably wasn't composed until then. Many argue that its creator was, in fact, one Vladimir Vavilov, a relatively unknown Russian guitarist and composer, who recorded it in 1972 and declared it to be an anonymous song. The attribution to Caccini was then supposedly made at a later date by a musician who performed with Vavilov.
Whatever the truth, it's certain that this simple melody is beloved by many.
Enjoy Patrícia, who gave this song a prominent spot on her debut album, best in HD.
Patrícia Janečková (b. 1998) is a promising young Slovak soprano who lives in Ostrava in the Czech Republic. In 2011, at the age of 13, she released her first and until now only album and DVD. For more information how to buy her CD and/or DVD, please visit her website
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