Biebl (b. 1906, Operfalz, Germany; d. 2001, Munich)
(Adapted and translated from an undated autobiography written by Biebl)
Biebl studied composition, conducting, and Catholic church music at the
State Music Academy in Munich, where he received two Master's degrees. He
served as chorus director at the parish of Munich-Thalkirchen and later
taught music theory and voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Biebl was drafted in 1943 and was captured by the U.S. Army in 1944. After his release in 1946, he returned to Austria. Unable to secure work, he moved his family to Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, where he held the position of chorus director of the Town Parish.
Because of his need to support his family, Biebl did not compose for many years. Eventually, several stations on Bavarian State Radio began to play his compositions. Later in his life he was able to resume composing.
Most of his compositions were vocal, written for children's, menís, and mixed choruses. Biebl loved folk songs and incorporated some of them in his writing. He enjoyed a long career as a teacher and conductor.
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