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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Wilbur Skeels — was a pastor, accompanist, composer, and music publisher who knew Biebl and published some of his works through Skeels’ Cantus Quercus Press. Most of his marai were for choral ensembles. It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc.

Franz Biebl

WhiteheadBlebl. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich. The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years.

The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources.


This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

It is cued by the ringing of the “Angelus” bell, sometimes referred to as the “Peace Bell. In they played avf piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”. Both drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire.


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 maeia was such a hit in America!

At issue was whether a school district was justified in prohibiting mqria instrumental performance of the piece without lyrics at a high school graduation ceremony due to its underlying religious nature. The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church. Biebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II. 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, Naria tecum, etc.

Retrieved 22 March The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Biebl’s best-known work is his Ave Mariawhich sets portions of the Angelus as well as the Ave Maria. One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought frwnz back to the US, where it became increasingly popular.


Biebl did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most popular. A recent arrangement of the Biebl “Ave Maria” was transcribed maris Jerry Brubaker, horn player and arranger for 30 years with the US Navy Band, after hearing the piece sung at a Navy funeral.

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Retrieved from ” https: The result was the Ave Maria double male choir version. Wilbur Skeels — who published some of Biebl’s other works — prepared the following information about the piece for use in choral program notes.

However, when Biebl was the head of choral programs for the Bayerischen Rundfunk Bavarian Radio maris made a habit of inviting American choirs to come 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. The piece was composed sometime before 1 May Biebl was born in Pursruckbiel part of Freudenberg, Bavariain In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria for wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the United States Supreme Court.