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The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years. In they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”. A recent arrangement of the Biebl “Ave Maria” was transcribed by Maia Brubaker, horn player and arranger for 30 years with the US Navy Band, after hearing the piece sung at a Navy funeral. One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back marai the US, where it became increasingly popular.

Franz Biebl – Wikipedia

Biebl did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most 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!

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.

This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion. 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. The piece was composed sometime before 1 May Both drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire. This page was last edited on 23 Marchat The result mariq the Ave Maria double male choir version.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich.

Franz Biebl

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

Views Read Edit View history. Biebl was born in Pursrucknow part of Freudenberg, Bavariain The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources. Retrieved from ” https: 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. Wilbur Skeels — who published some of Biebl’s other works — prepared the following information about the piece for use in fdanz program notes.

WhiteheadF. Biebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II.


Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home. Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles.

In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria maris wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the United States Supreme Court. The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a av session at a radio network where Biebl was music director.

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. It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc. The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church.