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Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles.
Franz Biebl – Wikipedia
Biebl was born in Pursrucknow part of Freudenberg, Bavariain He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich. Biebl was drafted into the military beginning in during World War II.
Biebl’s best-known work is his Ave Mariawhich sets portions of the Angelus as well as the Ave Maria. The piece was composed sometime before 1 May The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director. Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning maaria.
Wilbur Skeels — who published some of Biebl’s other works — prepared blebl following information about the piece for use in choral program notes. It was common for companies, factories, police and fire departments, etc. This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion. The result was the Ave Maria double male choir version.
The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years. 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 mria sing on the radio and with other German choirs.
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 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!
Biebl did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most popular. The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources. The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus ffanz the Catholic Church. It is cued by the ringing of the “Angelus” bell, sometimes referred to marka the “Peace Bell.
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. In they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”. Both drum biebo bugle corps continue to perform Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria as part of their yearly repertoire.
A recent arrangement of the Frajz “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.
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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Retrieved 22 March Wilbur Skeels — was a pastor, accompanist, composer, and music publisher who knew Biebl and published some of his works through Skeels’ Cantus Quercus Press.