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

Many of my students are not religious — and yet there is something soaring, comforting, something that nests inside the listener during Biebl’s piece. Fiat biebwl secundum verbum tuum.

I was allowed to arrange a choir and songs for it. The Americans helped me to arrange concerts with choir, soloists and chamber music. The piece gained practically no attention in Germany for many years. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The piece was composed sometime before 1 May Benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus. Sokol was given a number of Biebl’s works, premiering them after returning home.

News is cascading — online, through the door, over the airwaves, and on television — about the tension in America. I cannot find it. I lived in my own silence, in my own wrestling with the issue. Biebl did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most popular.


Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us not and in the hour of our death. He returned to Austria after the war, then moved to Germany, where he continued his work as organist, choirmaster, and teacher. Et verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis. Biebl’s best-known work is his Ave Mariawhich sets portions of the Angelus as well as the Ave Maria.

Our world is so very complex, so fraught with fear and tension.

Franz Biebl

Recently, in a first-year composition course I teach, our discussion veered into the timely topic of Ferguson, Missouri. 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. In choosing to listen to Biebl maybe it was my attempt, as a teacher, to be vulnerable, to let my students know that as we prepared for a winter break from school there is deep pain and deep suffering in the world — perhaps it was my desire to listen with my students to something of beauty in a busy and confusing world.

The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director.

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This fireman asked Biebl to please compose something for his fireman’s choir for such an occasion. Tenor solo Mary said: A few students dabbed their eyes.

His formal music studies began in at the Musikhochschule in Munich, where he studied composition and conducting. He was involved in music there as well: Paul, Minnesota on Jan. One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back to the US, where it became increasingly popular. 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.


In —10, an arrangement of the Ave Maria for wind ensemble was the subject of litigation that reached the United States Supreme Court. The text, though sacred, transports the listener to an ethereal realm: In they played the piece as the opener to their show, “The Days of Future Past”.

I learned to know the Americans and a little bit of American life and democracy.

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

I do not know if the piece was successful — or what that even means in the context of our national discussion. In place of the ‘Ave Maria, Sancta Maria’ from the Angelus text, Biebl has substituted the first part of the even more hiebel text of the standard ‘Ave Maria’ prayer [Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, etc.

Many of us listen to music while exercising, driving home from work, or while preparing supper. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Member Supported Join Now. He received his M. As director, he met and recorded many choirs from around the world, qve the Cornell Glee Club, which brought the Ave Maria and some of his other pieces back to the United States for performance. And the word was made flesh and lived among us. The Providence Singers Inc.