We Love to Sing II
Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Bismarck, North Dakota,
1985, 260 pages, softcover.
The following is stated in the Foreword of the book: "There is
possibly no music so eloquent of national character as the German;
and his re-acquaintance with these old folk songs and masterpieces
the singers can feel a certain warmth of hospitality - for this must,
undoubtedly, be the most notable characteristic of German life. We
speak of the typical German home...of typical German folks...and we
speak of the Fatherland in its past generation -the period of which
we recall most tender memories. The social atmosphere of the German
Gemutlichkeit, in the time when these songs
were written and most popularly sung, is indeed an atmosphere to gladden
It was a spirit of song and geniality. At the fireside, in the
intimacy of the family circle - in the beer garden on a summer eve,
where friendship was synonymous with music and laughter - these
songs were sung and played, so consistently that their very suggestion
is one of good fellowship.
It is the warmth of such recollections that will tingle through
the veins of the singer with this arrangement of songs.
This selection of songs in a great part were selected from the
Germans from Russia Heritage Society's annual convention program
books and song sheets as well as all of the songs from the 1977
printing of Songs We Love to Sing.
If this remembered pleasure in singing of these songs be renewed
hereafter...then the presentation of these songs will have served
a happy purpose.
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