Haberl, Franz Xaver


Eminent theorist and musical editor; born at Ober Ellenbach, Bavaria, and educated at Passau in the Episcopal training school for boys, where he was ordained priest in 1862. He became chapelmaster at the cathedral and musical director at the school. From 1867 to 1870 he was an organist in Rome, going thence to Ratisbon to be cathedral chapelmaster, where he founded a school for church music. He was a thorough student of Catholic Church music and its history, both past and present, spending much time in its study. He completed a thirty-two volume edition of Palestrina's works, commenced in 1862 by T. de Witt and others, whereby much of the music of that Roman writer was preserved. Pius IX. appointed him Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Palestrina in 1879. Doctor Haberl has contributed much to musical editions, having edited many himself. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Theology from the University of Wurzburg in 1889. He was a member of the Papal Commission, appointed by Pius IX., for the revision of the official choral books, and is a member of many learned societies, being president of the Cacilien-Verein of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.