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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This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion.

Biebl’s best-known work is his Ave Mariawhich sets portions of the Angelus as well as the Ave Maria. It is cued by the ringing of the “Angelus” bell, sometimes referred to as the “Peace Bell.

It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc. Both drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire.

In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria for wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the United States Supreme Court. WhiteheadF.

Franz Biebl – Wikipedia

Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles. Biebl frahz 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. Biebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II. 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. Views Read Edit View history. Wilbur Skeels — was a pastor, accompanist, composer, and music publisher who knew Biebl and published some of his works through Skeels’ Cantus Quercus Press.


He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich. The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director.

Retrieved from ” https: Boebl they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”. The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years. Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home.

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One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back rfanz the US, where it became increasingly popular. 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.


This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat The result maia the Ave Maria double male choir version. The piece was bieebl sometime before 1 May 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.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church.

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

Avr 22 March At bibl 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.