Saturday, June 20

Saturday, June 20

This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer


R. Nathaniel Dett was a renowned composer, musician, and music educator. In these times when people are still finding it hard to say or hear the words "Black Lives Matter," I am so proud that the composer of this sublime "Ave Maria" was a Black man.

- Father Desmond Drummer


Ave Maria

by R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943)

performed by The Nathaniel Dett Chorale




Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.


Learn more about R. Nathaniel Dett and The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

Listen to other performances of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale.