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Schloof, Bobbeli, Schloof (Sleep, Baby, Sleep)

By Traditional

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Choir, SATB - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Traditional. Arranged by Mark D. Templeton. 21st Century, Folk, Secular. 8 pages. Published by Mark Templeton Choral Music (S0.43795).

Item Number: S0.43795

For SATB chorus, a cappella. Schloof, Bobbeli, Schloof is a folk song of the people commonly referred to as the Pennsylvania Dutch. These people were Germans who migrated to America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They brought with them their culture and religions, but most importantly, their music and cooking! The Pennsylvania Dutch language is still spoken by the Amish, the religious sect mostly known for their horses and buggies and their eighteenth century way of life. Schloof, Bobbeli, Schloof’s etymology is found in the German lullaby, Schlaf, Kindlein, Schlaf, but the Pennsylvania Dutch version has taken on a life of its own reflecting the lives of the Amish who still sing it. The melody can differ slightly from community to community; the one used in this arrangement hails from the Amish communities in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The English translation, written underneath the Pennsylvania Dutch, is more poetic than literal but retains the same sentiment. The song can be sung in Pennsylvania Dutch or English. It is also optional to perform the song in one language and then repeat the song in the other language. This arrangement uses a slow tempo and simple harmonies while retaining the integrity of the original melody. Your choir will enjoy singing this rare gem.Mark Templeton, born 1974, is an American choral composer, conductor, and countertenor. Templeton’s music has been performed across the world at various international festivals and ACDA conventions. Some of his music is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and he has recently started to self-publish. He teaches and resides with his wife, Becca, at West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Maryland, the oldest boarding school in the United States. He also enjoys coaching, playing, and watching soccer when he is not working. He is available for commission upon request.

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