"Hausmusik" at Sprachinstitut TREFFPUNKT
Music from Germany, German music and music in German langauge are by no means identical concepts. In the area of pop music just in the last few years national artists with German lyrics are dominating more and more. And abroad not only German-speaking artists and composers in the field of classical music are world famous.
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Before we get into individual singers, groups and resources, here are a few tips for anybody who is interested in the history of light and popular music in Germany:
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Germany explains all forms of German-language music
- The Foreign Office website www.Tatsachen-über-Deutschland.de gives a brief overview >>>
- You can find a good summary of the development of popular music from the 19th century to the present at www.nthuleen.com/teach/culture/popmusik.html and in the Encyclopedia article on popular music on MSN Encarta >>>
- "Musik a la carte" offers the special edition "Musik in Deutschland 1950–2000". Here you can listen to song samples and obtain a good overview of music from the period.
- MuSuMa.de - the big search engine for German music with a hit counter and visitor ratings
There is no question that lyrics, music and music samples in mp3 format are among the items most frequently sought on the internet by those studying German. We will be glad to list more links on this site. If you know any other sources for songs in the German language, please contact us.
- As well as offering all sorts of information relating to music, www.comedian-harmonists.de has a musical dictionary and an enormous selection of lyrics. "Veronika, der Lenz ist da" by the Comedian Harmonists is just one example.
- At www.liederschatz.de you will find a good range of lyrics - German hits of the 60s and 70s in particular. www.lyrics-online.de is another good site for delving through song texts.
- SchlagerPlanet.com is a website for traditional German music. It offers "schlager"-fans the latest news and all kind of information about their favourite singers. We present concerts, CDs, newcomer as well as charts!
- Neue Musikzeitung (New music magazine)
- The best music shops on the Internet, put together by FOCUS , the German news magazine
- The current music charts at www.charts-surfer.de
- Der Schallplattenmann
"Pop in German is in". It appears this is the maxim of the German musical scene at the moment. So many tracks are now in German – more than ever before. What began with Hip-Hop in German a little more than two years ago has now spread to other genres. People are talking about a “new German wave” – the first German wave in the 1980s made artists and groups like Nena (“99 Luftballons”), Ideal, Extrabreit and Kraftwerk (“Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn ") famous.
In order to give a brief overview, we have separated the current German pop scene into two categories:
- Recently successful artists and groups in Germany :
- Blumfeld -> CD-Empfehlung #1
- Ich + Ich -> CD-Empfehlung #2
- Gentleman -> CD-Empfehlung #3
- Inga Humpe und 2raumwohnung - > CD-Empfehlung #4
- Joy Denalane -> CD-Empfehlung #5
- Juli -> CD-Empfehlung #6
- Kante -> CD-Empfehlung #7
- Mia -> CD-Empfehlung #8
- Oomph! -> CD-Empfehlung #9
- Rosenstolz -> CD-Empfehlung #10
- Silbermond -> CD-Empfehlung #11
- Sportfreunde Stiller -> CD-Empfehlung #12
- Tocotronic -> CD-Empfehlung #13
- Virginia Jetzt! -> CD-Empfehlung #14
- Wir sind Helden -> CD-Empfehlung #15
- Die Prinzen
- Die Ärzte
- Falco and www.falco.net
- Die Sterne
- Die Toten Hosen
- Dieter Thomas Kuhn
- Fettes Brot
- Goethes Erben
- Herbert Groenemeyer
- Nina Hagen
- Münchner Freiheit
- Peter Maffay
- Reinhard Fendrich
- Rodgau Monotones
- Udo Jürgens
- Wolf Maahn
- Xavier Naidoo
- Yvonne Catterfeld
Hints for searches for more artists: Robert Shea has also made a great effort to put together German music internet sites particularly for students of German. Other good sources are the German rock Encyclopedia www.germanrock.de, and pages from the German music scene at www.musikmarkt.de. www.vistawide.com/german offers information in English about many German singers and bands - information that is otherwise only accessible to German-speakers.
These are artists, who place a great deal of importance on song lyrics. Such lyrics frequently concentrate on ideological ideas or serious or political issues.
In pop music you will find plenty of singers in this category - just as many as in folk music. Here it is the fans' taste that is the determining factor: A song that is percieved by some to be a soppy, fatuous tear jerker may be for others a serious, realistic reflection of life. Typical artists belonging to this category include Christian Anders, Gitte, Freddy Quinn, Rex Giuldo and currently: Wolfgang Petri.
We recommend that you use Schlager and Schnulze as keyword searches and browse through the various websites. Allow yourself to be surprised by the results.
It is widely known that the German speaking countries have produced some of the world's greatest composers.
Through talking to students at TREFFPUNKT language institute, we have discovered that a significant number are learning German as a result of their enthusiasm for German music. Their goal is either to understand the songs in their original language or to be able to sing them themselves with the correct pronounciation. Richard Wagner and Franz Schubert are composers of mentioned in this regard. The following are a few sources:
- The J.S. Bach Homepage and the Bach-Archiv Leipzig
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- Franz Lehar
- The Mendelssohn-Stiftung
- Franz Schubert
- Richard Strauss
- Arnold Schönberg
- Richard Wagner
- ... and of course: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2006 was "Mozart-Year". In celebration of his 250th birthday, the British Libary have developed something really special: they have published Mozart's original musical diary under keyword "Turning the pages". (With English comments)
"Deutsche Schlager", "Hitparade", "Neue Deutsche Welle", "Schlager 30iger Jahre", "Deutsche Rockmusik", "Deutsche Popmusik", "Deutsche Grammophon", "Alte Musik", "Protestlieder" ...
It might be best to use a meta search engine crawling various German engines. Such as Lixam.de-Suche.
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