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

Franz Biebl – Wikipedia

Biebl’s best-known work is his Ave Mariawhich sets portions of frxnz Angelus as well as the Ave Maria. It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc. From Wikipedia, the free niebl. Retrieved 22 March 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!

Franz Biebl – Ave Maria SAATTBB

Most of his compositions were for choral frazn. Biebl was born in Pursrucknow part of Freudenberg, Bavariain Retrieved from ” https: Wilbur Skeels — was a pastor, accompanist, composer, and music publisher who knew Biebl and published some of his works through Skeels’ Cantus Quercus Press. 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. In they played the piece xve the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”.

The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director. The piece was composed sometime before 1 May 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 was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II. One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back to the US, where it became increasingly popular.

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.


The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church. The result was the Ave Maria double male choir version.

This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion. Both drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their avr repertoire. The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources.


Views Read Edit View history. Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home. WhiteheadF.

The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years. 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.

Franz Biebl

He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich. Biebl did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir abe is now probably the most popular.

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.

However, when Biebl was the head of choral programs for the Bayerischen Rundfunk Bavarian Frahz he made a habit of inviting American choirs to come to Munich and sing on the radio and with other German choirs.