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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In they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”. One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back to the US, where it became increasingly popular.

Franz Biebl – Ave Maria SAATTBB

It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc. In place of the mariq 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. 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. This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his bieb choir for such an occasion. Niebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II.


A recent arrangement of ,aria 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 mxria a Navy funeral.

The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat It is cued by the ringing of the “Angelus” bell, sometimes referred to as the “Peace Bell. Biebl did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most popular.

Retrieved 22 March WhiteheadF. In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria for wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the United States Supreme Court. Wilbur Skeels — was a pastor, accompanist, composer, and music publisher who knew Biebl and published some of his works through Skeels’ Cantus Quercus Press.

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.

He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich. Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home.


Franz Biebl – Wikipedia

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. Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles.

The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. However, vae 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 result was the Ave Maria double male choir version. Biebl was born in Pursrucknow part of Freudenberg, Bavariain Biebl’s best-known work is his Ave Mariawhich dranz portions of the Angelus as well as the Ave Maria. The first source marja the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. Both drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire.