Reception of Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria. Matthew Oltman. University of Nebraska- Lincoln, [email protected] Follow this and additional works. Check out Ave Maria (Franz Biebl) by Chanticleer on Amazon Music. Stream ad- free or purchase CD’s and MP3s now on Check out Ave Maria (Franz Biebl) by Cornell University Glee Club on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s now on

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The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church.

Both drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria for wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the United States Supreme Court. 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!

Wilbur Skeels — who published some of Biebl’s other works — prepared the following information about the piece for use in choral program notes.

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Franz Biebl

WhiteheadF. The result was the Ave Maria double male choir version. 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. Wilbur Skeels — was a pastor, accompanist, composer, and music publisher who knew Biebl and published some of his works through Skeels’ Cantus Quercus Press. 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 fdanz standard ‘Ave Maria’ prayer [Ave Maria, gratia frqnz, Dominus tecum, etc.

Biebl was born in Pursrucknow part of Freudenberg, Bavariain A recent arrangement of the Biebl “Ave Maria” was transcribed by Jerry Brubaker, horn player and arranger for 30 years with the US Navy Band, after hearing the piece sung at a Navy funeral.

It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc.

Franz Biebl – Ave Maria SAATTBB

It is cued by the ringing of the “Angelus” bell, sometimes referred to as the “Peace Bell. One of these choirs biebbl introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back to the US, where it became increasingly popular. Views Read Edit View history. Biebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II. 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.


The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources.

Biebl did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most popular. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Retrieved 22 March Retrieved from ” https: The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director.

Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home. The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years. Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles. Biebl’s best-known work is his Ave Mariawhich sets portions of the Angelus as well as the Ave Maria. In they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”.

The piece was composed sometime before 1 May He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich.

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