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Marian Anderson: A Life in Song

Marian Anderson with Westminster Choir College Choir
conducted by Leopold Stokowski
Christmas 1944

Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" was one of the works most closely associated with Marian Anderson. If not programmed on a recital, it was likely to be requested as an encore. In addition to the original version composed for voice and piano, Ms. Anderson also performed the song with orchestral accompaniment. One such occasion was Christmas 1944, when her performance with the Westminster Choir College Choir, under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, was filmed as part of the "Army-Navy Screen Magazine" series that was shown only to the U.S. Armed forces during the Second World War. No. 41 in the series, the film was shown only in military theaters and never in civilian theaters. The series was supervised by Frank Capra. In addition, her rendition of Robert Russell Bennett's arrangement [below, first page only] was included on her recording of Christmas carols, issued by RCA Records.

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