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Plattdüütsche Lieder
Geoff Grainger
Last updated: 04.09.21

"Plattdeutsche Volkslieder" picked up in Schwanewede

I made my first contact with Plattdeutsch (lower German) when moving to Schwanewede, Lower Saxony, in 1972. Being English, Plattdeutsch is relatively easier to understand than High German. Musically I first became aware of the richness of this language when hearing a children's choir singing Dat du mien Leefsten büst.
I first became really involved in this field of music as chairman of a music club called "Die klingende Runde für jung und alt" in 1979. At that time the club took part in a competition promoting Plattdeutsch. Under the leadership of Bernd Gerken we formed a Plattdeutsch folk group comprising Bärbel Urhahn, Renate Buth and Magda Hielscher (vocals) and myself on penny whistle. Bernd also sang and played the guitar. We played and sung for about two years enjoying moderate success.
Later Bernd Gerken joined the Idle Fellows at which point my involvement in Plattdeutsch became more serious as I started sing these songs myself.
Most of the listed songs were learned from Bernd Gerken either when in "Die klingende Runde für jung und alt" or the Idle Fellows. Today as a solo performer, I occasionally have the opportunity of singing Plattdeutsch, mostly to the more senior citizens although many young Germans have an active interest in this branch of folk-music.

Geoff Grainger, Bremen-Vegesack, January 2001

Platt Links

Folk Songs of Various Countries a massive site with over 10000 folk songs (midis and lyrics) by Frank Petersohn
The Grey Goose Shantymen , home page with scores, lyrics and midids.
The REC Music Foundation , classical midis, Lieder & Song texts.
     Title Files Remarks
platt15.jpg As Ik letzt to'n Maak gung  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg Buurlala  nlyrics.gifmidi15.gif
platt15.jpg Dat du mien Leefsten büst  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gifmp315.gif
platt15.jpg Dat Hus inne Masch  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg De Fresenhof  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg De Hoffnung  notes5de.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg De junge Wetfru  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg De lustige Kock  notes5de.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg De Möel  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg De Runner von Hamburg  notes5de.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg Dor weer enmol en lüttje Buurdeern  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg Een Deern ut Amsterdam  
platt15.jpg Ei oh, faat em an, so  notes5de.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg Ei, du Lütte, Söte, Witte  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg Et wassen twee Künnigskinner  nlyrics.gifmidi15.gif
platt15.jpg  Hartleed  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg Herr Pastor sien Kauh  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg In England geiht dat lustig her  
platt15.jpg Inßbrügg, ick moth dy laten  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif  
platt15.jpg Jan Bart  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg Jehann  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gifmp315.gif
platt15.jpg Lütt Anna Susanna  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg Lütt Matten  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gifmidi15.gif nscore.gif
platt15.jpg Lustig reed he  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gif
platt15.jpg Trina  notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  nlyrics.gif
     Title Performer Song
youtube15.jpg Dat du mien Leefsten büst (2:11) Gerhild Karpf Dat du mien Leefsten büst
youtube15.jpg De Fresenhof (3:12) Knut Kiesewetter De Fresenhof
youtube15.jpg De Hoffnung (3:03) Hannes Wader De Hoffnung
youtube15.jpg De junge Wetfru (1:33) Hannes Wader De junge Wetfru
youtube15.jpg De Möel (3:06) Hannes Wader De Möel
youtube15.jpg De Runner von Hamburg (2:06) Hannes Wader De Runner von Hamburg
youtube15.jpg Hartleed (4:35) Hannes Wader Hartleed
youtube15.jpg Herr Pastor sien Kauh (3:15) Godewind Herr Pastor sien Kauh
youtube15.jpg Lütt Matten (1:59) Gruppe Rohrstock Lütt Matten

The Plattdeutsch Webring is a linguistic ring for people to surf when they are interested in the 'plattdüütsch Språk'. Low German language = Plattdeutsch = Plattdüütsch = Niederdeutsch. Linking together pages using Low German Language, or describing the language, the grammar, the vocabulary.
The ring has currently, January 2017, 9 members and this webpage has been a member since 1998.

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