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The Chicken Dance

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By Terry Rendall

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Large Ensemble Accordion, Bass Voice, Clarinet, Drum Set, Piano, Tenor Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba - Level 4 - Digital Download
Composed by Terry Rendall and Werner Thomas. Arranged by Dennis Ruello. Contemporary. Score and parts. 14 pages. Chicory Music #3580587. Published by Chicory Music (A0.734382).

Item Number: A0.734382

The "Chicken Dance", also known as the Bird Song, the Birdie Song or the Chicken Song, is an oom-pah song and its associated fad dance is now a contemporary dance throughout the Western world. The song was composed by accordion player Werner Thomas from Davos, Switzerland, in the 1950s.The name of the original Swiss song was "Der Ententanz" (The Duck Dance). It is rumored to be a drinking song sung at Oktoberfest. Sometime in the late 1970s, the song acquired the name "Vogeltanz" (The Bird Dance) or "Vogerltanz" (Little Bird Dance or Birdie Dance), although these names never caught on seriously in Germany. On some sheet music and recordings it is called "Dance Little Bird". It appears that no one in Germany uses the term "Kükentanz" or "Huhn/Hühnertanz" (Küken means chick, Huhn/Hühner means chicken (sg./pl.)). Since 1963, Werner Thomas had played it in restaurants and hotels. During one of Thomas' performances, Belgian producer Louis van Rijmenant heard the song. Van Rijmenant had some lyrics created and in 1970 released it to the public through his publishing company Intervox Music (later on co-publishing with his other company Eurovox Music) without much success. However, on subsequent releases of the song, Van Rijmenant was listed as co-author under the pen name of Terry Rendall. Eurovox Music now manages the publishing rights worldwide, except for the US (September Music), UK (Valentine Music) and the Netherlands (Benelux Music), sub-publishers. The dance and song was originally brought from Germany to the US by Eddie Duling and Larry Karhoff of Glandorf, Ohio in 1974.
This arrangement includes: Full Score, Vocal (Opt.), Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano/Accordion, Tuba, Acoustic Bass (Tuba sub.) and Drum Set. Performance time approx, 2 minutes 52 seconds, 

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