Ave Maria on the Enigmatic Scale for Mixed Chorus a cappella
The piece has been inspired by the Ave Maria of Giuseppe
Verdi, who was among the first composers to adopt the
Enigmatic scale, which was in turn coined by Adolfo
Crescentini in 1888. This musical scale is pretty unusual,
with elements of both major and minor scales, as well as the
whole-tone scale. Despite the weird sound of such a scale,
I made an effort to create a natural harmonization of it
(most of which on 'Cantus Firmus'), in order to show its
intrinsic richness. However, the 'Cantus Firmus'- shown to
basses from measure 3 to 10 and afterwards transposed into
pseudo-subdominant to tenors from 28 to 35, and again to
basses from 36 to 40 - is not the principal element.
Actually, I wanted to focus the attention on the strict
counterpoint between the voices, which is the real element
leading to the increase and decrease of musical tensions.
Thus, the composition starts and ends with pureness of
intervals of fifth, which have also a clear mystic-symbolic
meaning. These intervals suggest the further material for
the whole development of the piece.