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This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Wilbur Skeels — was a pastor, accompanist, composer, and music publisher who knew Biebl and published some of his works through Skeels’ Cantus Quercus Press. Biebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II.

Franz Biebl – Wikipedia

The result was the Ave Maria double male choir version. 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!

Retrieved from ” https: WhiteheadF. The ensemble met Biebl while on tour mariaa Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director.

One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back to the US, where it became increasingly popular. He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich.

It is cued by the ringing of the “Angelus” bell, sometimes referred to as the “Peace Bell.

Retrieved 22 March The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources. It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc. In they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”. 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. Views Read Edit View history.

Franz Biebl

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. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Biebl’s best-known work is his Ave Mariawhich sets portions of the Angelus as well as the Ave Maria.

Wilbur Skeels — mmaria published some of Biebl’s other works — prepared the following information about the piece for use in choral program notes. Biebl was born in Pursrucknow part of Freudenberg, Bavariain The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years.


The piece was composed sometime before 1 May This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion. birbl

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

Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home. 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 first source is the msria devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church. Both drum and bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire.