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The Americans helped me to arrange concerts with choir, soloists and chamber music. 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. His formal music studies began in at the Musikhochschule in Munich, where he studied composition and marka.

Perhaps it was because, as a teacher, I didn’t have the answer, didn’t know what to say. One of these choirs was introduced to his Ave Maria and brought it back to the US, where it became increasingly popular.

I lived in my bieebl silence, in my own wrestling with the issue. Franz Biebl Biebl wrote small, solidly constructed, highly inventive works primarily for church and community choruses.

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

We closed our eyes and breathed in and out while Chanticleer sang with clarity and emotion. Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. I cannot find it. Et verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis. Biebl was born in Pursrucknow part of Freudenberg, Bavariain None of us dared tread out into the world of deep conversation.


Franz Biebl

Biebl chose to withhold the second part of the Ave Maria — the plea marai Mary to pray for us now and in the hour of our death — until the end of the work. The ensemble met Biebl while on tour in Germany, during a recording session at a radio network where Biebl was music director. Benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.

Chorus Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. He was involved in music there as well: Behold the handmaiden of the Lord.

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The text is unique in its conjoining of two sources. It is cued by the ringing of the “Angelus” bell, sometimes referred to as the “Peace Bell. Good food, just like the American soldiers had. Let it be done to me according to your word. I listen to Biebl at home, sinking into his harmonies, into the text that is solace and support for those in pain, those in need, wondering where the quick and easy answer is. Racial tensions are center stage, and many of us cannot turn away.

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 Angelus includes three versicles, each followed an Ave Maria. We listened to the silence. World War II intervened.


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!

A member there had asked Biebel whether he would compose a piece for a chorus of his coworkers. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us not and in the hour of our death. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first source is the thrice-daily devotional exercise called the Angelus in the Catholic Church. Views Read Edit View history.

Recently, in a first-year composition course I teach, our discussion veered into the timely topic of Ferguson, Missouri.

I learned to know the Americans and a little bit of American life and democracy. News is cascading — online, through the door, over the airwaves, and on television — about the tension in America.

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 did arrangements for other voicings, and the seven-part mixed choir arrangement is now probably the most popular. Tenor solo Mary said: Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners.