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In they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Biebl’s best-known work is his Ave Mariawhich sets portions of the Angelus as well as the Birbl Maria. In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria for wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the Frnz States Supreme Court. 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 did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most popular. Both drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire.

Franz Biebl – Wikipedia

Retrieved 22 March Sokol was given a fraz of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home. The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at feanz radio network where Biebl was music director. 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!


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

It is cued by the ringing of the “Angelus” bell, sometimes referred to as the “Peace Bell. This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion.

The piece was composed sometime before 1 May The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years.

Franz Biebl

Views Read Edit View history. 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 result vae the Ave Maria double male choir version. The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church.

The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources. Biebl was born in Pursrucknow part of Freudenberg, Bavariain Wilbur Skeels — who published some of Biebl’s other works — prepared the following information about the piece for use in choral program notes.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. WhiteheadF. Biebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II.

Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles. He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich. In place frnz 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 Frana prayer [Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, etc.

It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc. 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 biiebl graduation ceremony due to its underlying religious nature.

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