Music connected with the German language. Click on the link to hear the audio file


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MIDI files. These sound files download quickly and are playable with almost any PC. The quality, however, is very limited and narrow, similar to the sound of a synthesizer. MIDI sound is the audio parallel to a pen and ink sketch: it gives the basic outline. RA, WAV and MPG files take substantially longer to download than MIDI files and are playable with [free] plugins, such as Real Audio, Winamp or Windows Media Player. If your computer doesn't already have the plug in, you'll be asked to download it. These files not only present a music sound close to that of a radio or CD but they also can handle the human voice.

Depending upon the type of  modem you use and network traffic, there may be delay of up to one to two minutes after clicking, while the player opens and the file is buffered, especially when using dial-up modems.

Most of the music files in this section are from CD sources which can be reached through On Line German Music Sources below.



  • From Zeller's operetta Der Vogelhändler is a one minute "Live-Mitschnitte" of Fröhlich' Pfalz performed by Hilde Güden, as the Kurfürstin arriving in the Tyrol from the Pfalz incognito .... but with her singing entourage.

  • Anton Karas [of "The Third Man" fame] plays a 30 second extract of a medley of Carl Michael Ziehrer's  Wiener--Walzer on the zither.

  • An example of contemporary Styrian folk music is the Jubiläumspolka by the Skilehrermusi' in this high quality - but very slow loading mp3 file, as much as 8 -10 minutes download time with a dial-up modem.

  • Marlene Dietrich sings "Johnny, Wenn Du Geburtstag Hast" for 30 seconds in a fast loading RA file.

  • Literarisches Kabarett, a genre uncommon in the American world: Mit satirischer Spottlust oder einfach nur unterhaltsam blödelnd, zuweilen aber auch mit bitterem Ernst, in Kneipen-Brettln und auf Theaterbühnen präsentierten Dichter und Maler, Schauspieler und Musiker ihrem meist bürgerlichen Publikum die Welt des Kaiserreichs als Tingeltangel.; from 1964 the actress/cabarettist Ursula Herking sings "Es kommt immer darauf an" a witty commentary on European social mores. To read the song's full text , click here

  • Georg Stern sings  the opening 30 seconds of Ferdinand Raimund's "Das Hobellied" on the futility of life. Marlene Dietrich sings this Alt-Wiener Lied  in a less traditional version. To read the full text of Das Hobellied, click here

  • The Comedian Harmonists flourished from the mid 1920s to the mid 1930s and were perhaps the most Comedian Harmonistenfamous pop musical group in Europe. Semi-nonsense songs like Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus alternated with straight songs like Ein Freund, ein guter Freund or Veronika, der Lenz ist da and modernized versions of art songs, In einem kühlen Grunde [the last in a slow loading WAV format]. Here are the lyrics for Kaktus, Ein Freund and Veronika. *Changing directionals have made the former RA  vocal files unreachable; temporarily, the links lead to melody midis.

  • That Er heißt Waldemar was a major commercial success is not surprising .. until you listen closely to the lyrics and consider: the date, late 30s under the Nazi dictatorship; singer, the foreign Swede, Leander; the composer, Michael Jary, a Christian categorized under Nazi law as a Jew; and the lyricist, Bruno Balz, an open homosexual. Note Waldemar's Slavic name; "wrong" hair and eye coloring and lack of Nordic qualities and virtues; and particularly consider the song's last line - unfortunately not contained in this excerpt. [And also note the numerous doubles entendres .... click for the song's full text.] Here is the complete song as an mp3, 4MB large and only practical for listening over a broadband connection, not a dial up connection; even with broadband, there may be a 3 - 4 minute download time. The unusually wide octave range of Leander's voice can be glimpsed in this snippet of Jede Nacht ein neues Glück.
  • After the Golden Age of operetta [von Suppé, Strauß, Millöcker] came the Silver Age [Lehár, Kalmann, Oskar Straus]. From the next Age is an extract from Robert Stolz' 1930s as a pop tune in the 1930s in a fast loading RA file.
  • The Puszta begins at the Austrian border and this Styrian new-folksong Sissi Melodien [named after the Empress Elisabeth who had a close relationship with the Magyar aristocracy] by the Grazer Jungsteirer reflects the influence of the East on the West in this high quality and very slow loading mp3 file.
  • A nine minute version of Johann Strauß Sohns Wo die Citronen blúh'n performed by the Wiener-Strauß-Solisten in a MP3 file.
  • In the late 1940s and the 1950s a German speaking world seeking escape from a difficult reality  turned to songs of exotic places and of  the sea. Freddy Quinn, from landlocked Austria, became a Wahlhamburger and the  creator of a string of Seemannslieder hits, such as Die Gitarre und das Meer  and Das Friesenlied. As time and tastes changed Freddy switched to German-language versions of US hillbilly and neo-folk, such as Heimweh [Memories are Made of This]

  • In the middle 1950s Germany began imitating American pop teenage music. Peter Kraus sings an example of this, Sugar Baby , later used as a theme in the 1980's movie of the same name, and Diana

  • Goethe's poem Der Erlkönig was set to music by Schubert. Click the link to listen to the opening stanza, a 30 second extract in this high quality but large and very slow loading WAV file [as much as 6 minutes download time with a 56K dial up modem.]. To read the full text of Erlkönig CLICK here.

  • ARD, one of the two major German television "networks", has a site containing two dozen audio and video extracts from its detective and other series such as Tatort, Marienhof, Polizeiruf . The first click takes you to the program page from where you reach the clips. [The video extracts also play in the Real Audio player.] Each extract has a run time of about 1 to 1½ minutes and each takes about 10 seconds to download with a 56K modem.


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