May is dedicated to the Blessed Mother, and there are some beautiful Marian pieces of music that deserve better attention than they currently receive. Here are a few of those lesser-known pieces for your prayerful reflection and enjoyment.

Ave Maris Stella – Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474):

Ave Maria – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594):

Ave Maria – Fr. Robert Parsons (1535-1571):

Ave Maria – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847):

Ave Maria – Anton Bruckner (1824-1896):

Maria, Mater Gratiae – Gabriel Faure (1825-1924):

Ave Maris Stella – Edward Grieg (1843-1907):