Forbidden Music Regained

Leo Smit Stichting
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Sieben lettische Kinderlieder op. 65

By Wilhelm Rettich

Vocal music
Voice and orchestra (sopr fl/pic ob cl fg str)
13 minutes
published score
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Seven Latvian children’s songs

I Backe Brot und backe Kuchen
II Schlaf, schlaf
III Ach, Eichkätzchen
IV Das Wölfchen weint
V Schuschu, schuschu
VI Höre du, mein Kater
VII Mäuschen, Mäuschen

German translation by Inga Bielenstein

Out of stock: a version for voice and piano and a version for children's choir and piano

About Wilhelm Rettich

Wilhelm Rettich

Wilhelm Rettich belonged to that generation of those whose work and life was deeply affected by the First and Second World Wars. Captivity, persecution, hiding and losses scarred his life. In 1933, he emigrated to the Netherlands, where he survived the war in hiding. Rettich worked a great deal for the radio, a young and progressive medium at that time. Although he became a Dutch citizen after the World War II, he returned to Germany in 1964.

by Diet Scholten