'Tis the season for concerts of the Messiah, composed by German composer Georg Friedrich Händel. (Which means I'm off to sing this weekend so I'm publishing this blog post early for you.) According to the legend, he locked himself in a room and composed night and day; according to his notes, he did write the entire piece in 24 days. The original autograph (what Händel wrote) was 259 pages long (source).
Here are 5 facts you might not have known about Händel:
1. Händel was born in 1685 in...
If you didn't know yet, you should know that I am also a professional, classical singer and this week I'm off to sing some--surprise--German music! (OK, you're not surprised, I get it.) I'll be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to sing Bach's B Minor Mass on April 22 and 23.
When I lived in Germany I sang with the Gächinger Kantorei, now renamed as the Gaechinger Cantorey, with the Bachakademie Stuttgart. At the time Helmuth Rilling, its founder, was conducting most of the pieces, and now it is...
Do you know him yet? The Elefantfahrstuhlführeraufzugsleiter? If not, it's high time you did! And you can learn some German with a song so easy, so fun, and with characters you'll recognize? Not only does it have a catchy tune, but it'll probably put a swing in your step, too!
Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to German Sesame Street: Sesamstraße.
This apparently was originally named the "I'm the Elephant Elevator Operator" so you get the gist of this video. Let's break down the name from...
Here's a funny little ditty to spice up your autumnal celebrations! A song sung by tenor Boris Pohlmann (proud to say we sang together back in the day), accompanied by Peter Dicke.
It's an unusual song, as it's minimalistic--there is only minimal piano, minimal text, minimal singing. And it's a spoof on a song by German comedian Hape Kerkeling entitled "Hurz"!
so first, here is "Hurz"
der Wolf ... das Lamm ... HURZ!
The song from Boris and Herr Dicke is...
Schlager is a form of music unique to German--it's its own genre. Comprised mainly of catchy tunes (that lead to ear worms), straight-forward forms and uncomplicated texts, you can hear Schlager at Oktoberfest, pretty much any Karneval celebration anywhere in Germany, and of course on German television.
You can easily dance to it and it's a good bet that you can dance with your kids to it and not worry about the texts.
A lot of Schlager shows are shown on TV in the evenings and are recorded...