One of Schubert's most popular works composed in 1825 as part of his Op. 52, a setting of seven songs from Walter Scott's popular epic poem The Lady of the Lake, loosely translated into German. In Scott's poem the character Ellen Douglas, the Lady of the Lake, is in charge of a song namely "Ave Maria" (Latin for "Hail Mary"), which may have led to the idea of adapting Schubert's melody as a setting for the full text of the traditional Roman Catholic prayer "Ave Maria". The Latin version of the "Ave Maria" is now frequently used with Schubert's melody.
Medium level of difficulty.
Tempo lento and rubato.