Dear friends of choral music!
The Langgönser Choir Songbook is a collection of German folk songs in a variety of different arrangements for children, women’s chorus, men’s chorus, and mixed chorus.
The forms, structures, and harmonies, along with the comfortable vocal ranges found in these folk music arrangements allow them to be easily set to a variety of different ensembles. These pieces were intended for traditional choirs who enjoy performing folk music, but are certainly suitable for a choir that would like to feature traditional folk music as part of their program.
With the repertory chosen, I have attempted to assemble a cross section of the various German language folk song traditions, which are appropriate for different musical events and other gatherings. With my work on these songs, I would like to offer a small contribution to the folk tradition, with the hopes of furthering the performances of these musical gems and thus, keep them alive (and certainly without any ideological motivations or reactionary political intent).
Some background information
Langgöns is a town in the middle of Hessen, Germany and I have lived her with my family since 1979. I love my town and feel completely at home here!
During my 40-year career as a choir director, I have closely observed and lived through the evolution of the changing choir scene, and even contributed to it myself. I have faced many challenges through my work with many choirs. And now, at this point in my career, I want to take this opportunity to refresh some of the folk music repertoire, a task that I offer with humility and gratitude.
I hope that you will find one or more pieces in this collection of arrangements to be pleasing, and I wish you the very best as you come together to enjoy making music together as a choir and as a community.
Here you can download for free!
If you would like to study and possibly program these pieces, please consider paying a small licensing fee of USD 7,50. You can also transfer the amount of money via Internet. Just use the Button.
The scores are professionally copied and without error, and this small honorarium would compensate me in a small way for my work as the arranger.