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One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back to the US, where it became increasingly popular. He returned to Austria after the war, then moved to Germany, where he continued his work as organist, choirmaster, and teacher. The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director.

In they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”. 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’s ‘Ave Maria’: Music for contemplation in troubled times

This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion. Our world is so very complex, so fraught with fear and tension. Fiat biehel secundum verbum tuum. He studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Munich. I was allowed to arrange a choir and songs for it.

Perhaps it was because, as a teacher, I didn’t have the answer, didn’t know what to say.

Franz Biebl

He began his career as a church musician in at a large Catholic parish, and in was appointed as assistant professor of choral music at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home. He was involved in music there as well: The text, though maroa, transports the listener to an ethereal realm: The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church.


Biebl adapted the Angelus, a liturgy said three times daily in the Catholic Church.

Paul, Minnesota on Jan. A member there had asked Biebel whether he would compose a piece for a chorus zve his coworkers. Franz Biebl was immersed in music all his life bkebel church musician, organist, music professor, conductor of community choirs, highly skilled composer and arranger, director of music for German radio — yet he and his music are not well known, with the exception of his Ave Maria.

And the word was made flesh and lived among us. Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles. We closed our eyes and breathed in and out while Chanticleer sang with clarity and emotion.

Biebl’s ‘Ave Maria’: Music for contemplation in troubled times | Classical MPR

Et verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners. Wilbur Skeels — who published some of Biebl’s other works — prepared the following information about the piece for use in choral program notes. Franz Abe Biebl wrote small, solidly constructed, highly inventive works primarily for church and community choruses.

Racial tensions biebbel center stage, and many of us cannot turn away. Music is in nearly every part of our lives — and yet, much of the time, it’s in the background. The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources. I lived in my own silence, in my own wrestling with the issue. Biebl agreed — and wrote the original Ave Karia for a double chorus of firemen. Views Read Edit View history. The piece was composed sometime before 1 May 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 maris its underlying religious nature.


When Chanticleer recorded it, it became mariw 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! In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria for wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the United States Supreme Court. The result was the Ave Maria double male choir version. The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years.

This page was last edited on 24 Marixat The work was made internationally famous by a Chanticleer recording several decades later, and is now available in many editions for a variety of vocal ensembles. The Americans helped me to arrange concerts with choir, soloists and chamber music. Biebl did arrangements for other voicings, mwria the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most popular.

Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.