About Our Music. Support the Singers. About the Concert. Franz Biebl Wiki All about Biebl. Franz Biebl was immersed in music all his life — 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. His formal music studies began in at the Musikhochschule in Munich, where he studied composition and conducting.
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About Our Music. Support the Singers. About the Concert. Franz Biebl Wiki All about Biebl. Franz Biebl was immersed in music all his life — 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. His formal music studies began in at the Musikhochschule in Munich, where he studied composition and conducting. 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.
World War II intervened. Drafted into the German army in , Biebl and his unit were captured by American forces in Italy in I learned to know the Americans and a little bit of American life and democracy. We got enough to eat. Good food, just like the American soldiers had. I was allowed to arrange a choir and songs for it. The Americans helped me to arrange concerts with choir, soloists and chamber music.
He returned to Austria after the war, then moved to Germany, where he continued his work as organist, choirmaster, and teacher. As director, he met and recorded many choirs from around the world, including the Cornell Glee Club, which brought the Ave Maria and some of his other pieces back to the United States for performance.
A member there had asked Biebel whether he would compose a piece for a chorus of his coworkers. Biebl agreed — and wrote the original Ave Maria for a double chorus of firemen.
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.
Biebl adapted the Angelus, a liturgy said three times daily in the Catholic Church. The Angelus includes three versicles, each followed an Ave Maria. Biebl chose to withhold the second part of the Ave Maria — the plea for Mary to pray for us now and in the hour of our death — until the end of the work.
Chorus Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus. Chorus Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. You are blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Tenor solo Maria dixit: Ecce ancilla Domini. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum. Tenor solo Mary said: Behold the handmaiden of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word. And the word was made flesh and lived among us.
Sancta Maria, mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus. Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us not and in the hour of our death. The Providence Singers Inc. Franz Biebl Biebl wrote small, solidly constructed, highly inventive works primarily for church and community choruses.
The true part is that his work consists mainly of songs and smaller compositions. Et verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis.
Ave Maria is a motet by Franz Biebl , composed before for double choir, a large four-part choir and a three-part choir which can be performed by soloists. The composition was originally written for men's chorus , but the composer wrote arrangements for mixed choir and women's choir. The work and the arrangements were published by Wildt's Musikverlag, first in The piece became famous first when a U.
Ave Maria (Biebl)
Most of his compositions were for choral ensembles. Biebl was born in Pursruck , now part of Freudenberg, Bavaria , in 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 Maria , which sets portions of the Angelus as well as the Ave Maria. The piece was composed sometime before 1 May