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Reide, Reide, Geili!

By Traditional Amish folk song

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Choir, SATB, coconut, woodblock - Intermediate
Composed by Traditional Amish folk song. Arranged by Mark D. Templeton. World, Folk, Old-time, Americana. Sheet Music Single. 12 pages. Published by Mark Templeton Choral Music (S0.146019).

Item Number: S0.146019

Reide, Reide, Geili! (Ride & Ride the Pony!) is aPennsylvania Dutch folk song. The Pennsylvania Dutch were Germans who migratedto America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They brought withthem their culture, religions, music, and cooking! The Pennsylvania Dutchlanguage is still spoken by the Amish, the religious sect mostly known fortheir horses and buggies and their eighteenth century way of life. There aremany different tunes associated with Reide,Reide, Geili! The song has taken on a life of its own reflecting the livesof the Amish who still sing it, and the melody and text can differ fromcommunity to community. The particular tune used for this arrangement comesfrom Holmes County, Ohio and is similar to the English nursery rhyme, Ring Around the Rosie. Amish parents andgrandparents will sing this rhyme while bouncing their toddlers on their knee.The bouncing is to imitate a horseback ride as the song begins. At the end ofeach verse, the adult suddenly drops their leg to imitate the child falling offthe horse. The child falls to the floor amidst a peal of laughter.  The song can be sung in either PennsylvaniaDutch or in English (written underneath the Dutch). This unique arrangementwill lift your audience’s spirits as they are reminded of the songs of theiryouth, and your singers will enjoy its high energy and pulsating rhythms! A thorough pronunciation guide is also included.

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