Franz Biebl. German composer and arranger Franz Biebl studied music at the Humanistic Gymnasium in Amberg, and received Master of Music degrees in composition and choral conducting at the State Music Academy in Munich. As a composer, Biebl strove to expand the German folk-song repertoire, composing hundreds of arrangements for all types of choral ensembles. The familiar Ave Maria text is sung by a four-voice choir and answered by a trio of soloists. The version we sing in these concerts, as well as two other editions for mixed chorus, has been published by Hinshaw Music of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, under the Chanticleer Choral Series label.

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Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles. Biebl was born in Pursruck , now part of Freudenberg, Bavaria , in He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich. Biebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II.

Biebl's best-known work is his Ave Maria , which sets portions of the Angelus as well as the Ave Maria. The piece was composed sometime before 1 May The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director. Conductor Thomas A. Sokol was given a number of Biebl's works, premiering them after returning home. Wilbur Skeels — who published some of Biebl's other works — prepared the following information about the piece for use in choral program notes.

It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc. This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman's choir for such an occasion. The result was the Ave Maria double male choir version. The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years. However, when Biebl was the head of choral programs for the Bayerischen Rundfunk Bavarian Radio he made a habit of inviting American choirs to come to Munich and sing on the radio and with other German choirs.

One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back to the US, where it became increasingly popular. When Chanticleer recorded it, it became a hit, not only in the US but in Germany too, which now considered the piece must be special as it was such a hit in America! Biebl did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most popular. The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources. The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church.

It is cued by the ringing of the "Angelus" bell, sometimes referred to as the "Peace Bell. In place of the 'Ave Maria, Sancta Maria' from the Angelus text, Biebl has substituted the first part of the even more familiar text of the standard 'Ave Maria' prayer [Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, etc.

In they played the piece as the opener to their show, "The Days of Future Past". Both drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl's Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire. Several transcriptions and arrangements of the Biebl "Ave Maria" have been written since One transcription is by Jerry Brubaker, horn player and arranger for 30 years with the US Navy Band, done after hearing the piece sung at a Navy funeral.

In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria for wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the United States Supreme Court. At issue was whether a school district was justified in prohibiting an instrumental performance of the piece without lyrics at a high school graduation ceremony due to its underlying religious nature.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 22 March Wilbur Skeels — was a pastor, accompanist, composer, and music publisher who knew Biebl and published some of his works through Skeels' Cantus Quercus Press. See H. Whitehead , F. Categories : births deaths 20th-century classical composers German classical composers German military personnel of World War II People from the Kingdom of Bavaria German male classical composers 20th-century German composers 20th-century German male musicians.

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About Our Music. Support the Singers. About the Concert. Franz Biebl Wiki All about Biebl. Franz Biebl was immersed in music all his life — church musician, organist, music professor, conductor of community choirs, highly skilled composer and arranger, director of music for German radio — yet he and his music are not well known, with the exception of his Ave Maria.


Ave Maria (Biebl)

Ave Maria is a motet by Franz Biebl , composed before for double choir, a large four-part choir and a three-part choir which can be performed by soloists. The composition was originally written for men's chorus , but the composer wrote arrangements for mixed choir and women's choir. The work and the arrangements were published by Wildt's Musikverlag, first in The piece became famous first when a U. It was published in the U.

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