More Biebls in the Classroom
Does the First Amendment need protection from itself? A case from Washington State, although just rejected by the Supreme Court, suggests it might: Franz Biebl, a perfectly pleasant Bavarian composer, has been banned there, in Snohomish County. Worse, it was Biebl's most popular work, his setting of "Ave Maria," that was expelled from Henry "Scoop" Jackson High School.
To set the stage, understand that the Biebl Ave Maria is something of a "greatest hit" for choral societies, at least in the United States.
My daughter, in concert this last concert at her high school, played his Ave Maria....it is a PUBLIC (Texas) school. Amen for that. Needless to say, I was surprised and happy they played it w/o thinking "It's Catholic." It's lovely.