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

Retrieved 22 March However, when Biebl was the head of choral programs for the Bayerischen Rundfunk Bavarian Radio he made a habit of inviting American choirs to mraia to Munich and sing on the radio and with other German choirs. Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home.

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

Wilbur Skeels — who published some of Biebl’s other works — prepared the following information about the piece for use in choral program notes. The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Bkebl in the Catholic Church. In they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”. Biebl was born in Pursrucknow part of Freudenberg, Bavariain From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Franz Biebl

Retrieved from ” https: Biebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wilbur Skeels — was a pastor, accompanist, composer, and music publisher who knew Biebl and published some of his works through Skeels’ Cantus Quercus Press.

This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich. 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. The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources. One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back to the US, where it became increasingly popular. When Chanticleer recorded it, it mmaria 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!

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.


In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria for wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the United States Supreme Court. Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles. Zve drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire.

The piece was composed sometime before 1 May The result was the Ave Maria double male choir version. Views Read Edit View history.

The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director. The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years.


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. It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc.