Franz Biebl. German composer and arranger Franz Biebl studied music at the Humanistic Gymnasium in Amberg, and received Master of Music degrees in composition and choral conducting at the State Music Academy in Munich. As a composer, Biebl strove to expand the German folk-song repertoire, composing hundreds of arrangements for all types of choral ensembles. The familiar Ave Maria text is sung by a four-voice choir and answered by a trio of soloists. The version we sing in these concerts, as well as two other editions for mixed chorus, has been published by Hinshaw Music of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, under the Chanticleer Choral Series label. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae concepit de Spiritu sancto.

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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.

It was published in the U. He composed Ave Maria before May , when it was performed in a Maiandacht. Conductor Thomas A. Sokol received several of Biebl's compositions which he performed in the U. Biebl wrote arrangements for mixed choirs in [1] : 16 and The text is the beginning of the Latin Catholic liturgical Angelus prayer, three verses based on biblical sources, with the Ave Maria as a refrain.

In Biebl's setting, the Ave Maria refrain contains only the first half of the Ave Maria prayer, the benediction of Mary and the fruit of her womb, Jesus. The second half, praying for Mary's intercession, is delivered as a conclusion, deviating slightly from the liturgical text by addressing Mary as Holy Mother twice, asking firstly for intercession with "us sinners", and secondly for "in the hour of our death", while the Ave Maria prayer combines both requests in one.

The prayer is closed by Amen. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae et concepit de Spiritu Sancto. Maria dixit: Ecce ancilla Domini Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum. Ave Maria Et verbum caro factum est Et habitavit in nobis. Mary said: Behold the handmaiden of the Lord.

Do to me according to your word. Hail Mary And the Word was made flesh And dwelt among us. When it was published, it was transposed to B-flat major. The final choral setting, Sancta Maria, is intensified in vocal range and dynamics , concluding in Amen set in a similar pattern.

The choirs operate in different rhythm: the four-part choir begins with three quarter-notes towards a long note in the second measure, while the thre-part choir begins on the first beat in measure two.

The three-part choir can be sung by solo voices. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Choral composition by Franz Biebl. Retrieved 22 March Hinshaw Music. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Retrieved 9 December Dortmund: Wildt's Musikverlag. Retrieved 11 December Categories : compositions Motets Marian hymns. Hidden categories: CS1 German-language sources de Articles with short description Webarchive template wayback links.

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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.

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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 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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