"Im Märzen der Bauer" (Old German Folk Song)

by Virtual Philharmonic Orchestra (Reinhold Behringer)

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This is an old German folk song from the region of Moravia (Mähren), which describes the activities of farmers as spring begins. I have created the first version of this arrangement in 2002 / 2003. The interludes and accompanying arrangements are my own creation, I might have heard this somewhere played this way, but I cannot remember when and where.

This recording here is a newly overhauled version and was recorded in February 2015. Is uses Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 (strings andsolo flutes).


Im Märzen der Bauer die Rößlein einspannt;
Er bringt seine Felder und Wiesen instand,
Er ackert, er egget, er pflüget und sät
Und regt seine Hände gar früh und noch spät.

Den Rechen, den Spaten, den nimmt er zur Hand
und setzet die Wiesen in ebenen Stand.
Auch pfropft er die Bäume mit edlerem Reis
Und spart weder Arbeit noch Mühe und Fleiß.

Die Knechte und Mägde und all sein Gesind,
Das regt und bewegt sich wie er so geschwind.
Sie singen manch munteres, fröhliches Lied
Und freu'n sich von Herzen, wenn alles schön blüht.

Und ist dann der Frühling und Sommer vorbei,
So füllet die Scheuer der Herbst wieder neu.
Und ist voll die Scheuer, voll Keller und Haus,
Dann gibt's auch im Winter manch fröhlichen Schmaus.

Translation by David Solomons (c) 2012::

In March comes the farmer to harness his team.
He makes his fields ready as well he may deem.
He ploughs and he harrows and sows all his seeds.
From dawn up to dusk then to labour he needs.

He takes up the rake and the spade in his hand
And levels the meadows he has on his land.
He also grafts new twigs onto his fine trees.
It takes all his effort, his work doesn't cease.

The farmhands and maids and his workers all there.
Keep busy as he does his work for to share.
They sing lots of songs that are merry and bright
And when all is blooming it gives them delight.

Now when the spring season and summer are past.
The autumn will fill his great barn then at last.
And once barn and cellar and house are well filled.
There is jolly feasting when winter has chilled.


released March 1, 2015



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Virtual Philharmonic Orchestra (Reinhold Behringer) Leeds, UK

Since 1993 I use computers to create music with my computer. These are renditions of classical music works which I especially cherish, But I also create my own compositions with this tool. My own compositional style is probably similar to early 20th century music. ... more

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