“Ave Maria Loretto” was composed in 1894 by Ernest Rieger with words composed by Thomas Vincent Welch. Ernst Rieger [of European (Rhineland) descent] is well-known as a music teacher and composer. After immigrating to the Niagara Falls area in 1885, Rieger continued to teach and compose.
The original version was written for the students of Loretto Academy in Niagara Falls, with subsequent versions being used throughout North America. The version featured in the recording was written for our Ontario-based Academies. The performance is by Anne Jamison, a Loretto Alumna (and aunt of one of our Sisters!). It was recorded on the occasion of the Centenary of the Institute in 1947. The records produced by the RCA Company in Montreal were used as a fundraising item with proceeds applied to the building of the Chapel at Loretto Abbey.
Click on the following link to hear an excerpt of the unedited version: https://vimeo.com/58483314
Click on the following link to hear an excerpt of the edited version: https://vimeo.com/58483692