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Ave Maria (Biebl-Cameron)

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Franz Biebl

Franz Biebl (trans. Robert Cameron)


General Info

Year: 1964/ 1993 / 2004
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £35.50   |   Score Only (print) - £4.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Chimes


Errata

  • Clarinet II, m.55, beat 4: Should be C natural


Program Notes

Ave Maria was first published in 1964 in Dortmund, Germany, for seven-part men’s voices. The version utilized in this transcription, however, is the version for mixed choir selected because it better matches the registration of the wind ensemble or symphonic band. This adaptation is a transcription rather than an arrangement in that every attempt has been made to preserve every possible detail of the original. The only editing which has been made are the addition of limited octave doublings and the addition of bar lines in order to facilitate performance of the freestyle chant sections.

- Program Note from publisher


Perhaps Biebl’s best known work is Ave Maria. Completed in 1964 at the request of a firemen’s choir in Fürstenfeldbruck, this beautiful piece was originally intended for seven-part men’s chorus. American audiences first became familiar with Biebl’s music through a performance by the Cornell University Glee Club, a group which brought this work to the U.S. in the early 1970s. Having been included on various recording projects and in the standard repertoire of the popular vocal group Chanticleer, Biebl’s Ave Maria has since enjoyed tremendous popularity. As such, this piece has also been adapted for mixed choir and women’s choir as well.

Thanks to the insight of band conductor Robert Cameron, concert bands now can experience the beauty of Biebl’s music. This afternoon’s performance features a transcription of the mixed choir version since it better suits the registration of the symphonic band.

A translation of the Latin text is as follows:

Hail Mary,
Full of grace,
The Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou amongst women,
And blessed is the fruit thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

- Program Note from Calvin University Wind Ensemble concert program, 12 November 2022


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Georgia: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Mississippi: V-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • South Carolina: III
  • Texas: IV. Complete


Performances

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  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) - 19 March 2023
  • Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Tiffany Engle, conductor) - 12 November 2022
  • Messiah University (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) - 23 September 2022
  • Wooster (Ohio) High School Symphonic Band (Craig French, conductor) - 30 January 2022 (Severance Music Center, Cleveland)
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Andrea E. Brown, conductor) – 15 October 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Mohamad Schuman, conductor) - 3 October 2021
  • Kentucky Virginia (Whitesburg, Ky.) Summer Winds (Donald Sorah, conductor) - 8 June 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Nathan Taylor, conductor) – 2 March 2020
  • University of Colorado Boulder High School Honor Band (Shanti Simon, conductor) – 29 February 2020
  • University of Texas at Tyler Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Emge, conductor) - 27 February 2020
  • San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Senior Honor Band (Shannon Kitelinger, conductor) – 19 February 2020
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Shanti Simon, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • University of California Berkeley Wind Ensemble II (Matthew Sadowski, conductor) – 17 March 2019
  • Seneca Valley High School (Harmony, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Bob Matchett, conductor) – 22 February 2019
  • Carthage College (Kenosha, Wisc.) Concert Band (James Ripley, conductor) – 2 December 2018
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor; Tim O'Brien, vocal) - 11 February 2018
  • California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony (Jermie Arnold, conductor) – 30 November 2017
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Sean C. Phelan, conductor) – 18 October 2017
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Stephen Meyer, conductor) – 5 October 2017
  • Lopez High School (Brownsville, Tx.) Symphonic Band (George Trevino, conductor) - 10 February 2017 (2017 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)


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