In 1853 the French composer Charles Gounod (1818-1893) wrote a piece for violin and/or various other instruments, entitled Méditation sur le 1er Prélude de piano de S. Bach. He later transcribed it for voices, and later still, in 1859, added the words of the Ave Maria.
The melody was composed by Gounod; the accompaniment, however, consists of the first prelude of J.S. Bach's Das Wohltemperirte Clavier (The Well-tempered Clavier), written in 1722, with just one bar added by Gounod.
The Aeolia arrangement is supplied with separate parts for cello and harp. The harp part includes markings for suggested pedalling and fingering; the cello copy also contains fingering, including simplified alternatives for less experienced players.
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