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Deutsche Volkslieder-Suite op. 117

By Wilhelm Rettich

Vocal music
Mixed choir and instruments (SSAA TTBB SATB fl ob cl fg h 2vl vla vc)
12 minutes
published score
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Suite of German folk songs op. 117 for female choir, male choir, mixed choir, wind quintet and string quartet

I Hopsa, Schwabenliesel
II Kein Feuer, keine Kohle
III In einem kühlen Grunde
IV Heidenröslein
V Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund
VI Horch, was kommt von draußen rein
VII Ein Jäger aus Kurpfalz

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