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Happy December

I’m a couple of days late posting, but like last year and the year before, there is a wonderful entirely new LibriVox Adventskalender with poems, stories, fairy tales, song texts and more for each day leading up to Christmas. Of course all the stories are something related to Christmas, snow, winter and of course the Christkind.

As I was rather busy all of Oct. and Nov. I only managed to record two tiny poems for the Adventskalender. Here is one of them. It’s called “Die Weihnachtsbäume” by Gustav Falke:

Die Weihnachtsbäume

Nun kommen die vielen Weihnachtsbäume
Aus dem Wald in die Stadt herein.
Träumen sie ihre Waldesträume
Weiter beim Laternenschein?

Könnten sie sprechen! Die holden Geschichten
Von der Waldfrau, die Märchen webt,
Was wir uns alles erst erdichten,
Sie haben das alles wirklich erlebt….

The whole Adventskalender can be found here (along with all the text links and author info). Happy listening:

https://librivox.org/adventskalender-2013-by-various/

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Today I finally had time to record a short poem for the new German poetry collection at LibriVox. The poem I chose is the famous poem called “Der Zauberlehrling” (= The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It’s about a young apprentice, who the moment his master leaves, enchants a broom to help him with his chores. But well things don’t work out the way the young apprentice wants and the broom, which got the task of fetching water, doesn’t stop and everything gets flooded. Eventually the master comes back and fixes everything again.

Ok, I’m no good with summaries, but I guess all of you probably know the poem anyway. So here is my recording:

Der Zauberlehring

Der Zauberlehring

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Today I finally finished “Aladdin und die Wunderlampe”, one of my German LibriVox Solos. The book was written by Ludwig Fulda and it’s a re-telling of the famous story of Aladdin and the magical lamp only in rhymes.

Aladdin im Zaubergarten

Aladdin im Zaubergarten

I really enjoyed the book, only the rhymes where sometimes rather difficult to read, for the lines occasionally don’t work out the way the should. Still I hope I managed to read it in a way that makes listening enjoyable.

As a short preview, here is my reading of the first chapter:

All the other chapters as well as the link to the text and everything else can be found on project’s catalog page: http://librivox.org/aladdin-und-die-wunderlampe-by-ludwig-fulda/

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Just a tiny post to wish you all a Happy New Year!

And as the weekly poem at LV fits so nicely, here it is too. It is called A Song for a New Years Eve by William Cullen Bryant:

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay‚—
Stay till the good old year,
So long companion of our way,
Shakes hands, and leaves us here.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One little hour, and then away.

The year, whose hopes were high and strong,
Has now no hopes to wake;
Yet one hour more of jest and song
For his familiar sake.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One mirthful hour, and then away….

The full text can be found here: http://archive.org/stream/thirtypoems01brya#page/34/mode/2up

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Just in time for Christmas my tiny German LibriVox Solo is finished and ready for listening. Yay! 😀

The book is called “Weihnachtsmärchen für Kinder” by Luise Büchner (translated the title of the book means “Christmas stories for children”). As the title already suggests, the book consists of 9 fairy tales all centered around Christmas. The stories are all connected in one way or another by a frame story, in which a loving aunt tells them to her small niece and nephew – Mathilde and Georg – to shorten the time till the Christ Child finally comes.

Luise Büchner

Luise Büchner

»Liebe Tante,« sagte eines Abends, grade acht Tage vor Weihnachten, die kleine Mathilde, »du erzählst mir immer von dem Christkindchen, aber gar nichts von seiner Mama. Sage mir doch, wer sie gewesen ist und wo sie gewohnt hat.« »Nun, wenn du hübsch ruhig sitzen und zuhören willst und der Georg auch, dann will ich euch alles erzählen, was ich von dem Christkindchen, von seiner Mama, dem Knecht Nikolaus und dem Eselchen weiß.« (Zusammenfassung von zeno.org)

As I’ve already posted my reading the preface, here is my reading of the first chapter :

It’s a sweet little book with really cute stories and I enjoyed reading them. The only thing I found a bit strange – spoiler ahead – is that the Nikolaus is made out to be be the one who punishes bad children and also that he travels with the Christ Child. Oh and in some of the stories there is almost a bit too much morale, but apart from that the stories are very cute and fun to read.

Anyway here is the whole recording: http://librivox.org/weihnachtsmaerchen-fuer-kinder-by-luise-buechner/

Happy Listening and Merry Christmas!

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I’m a day late in posting, but like last year there is a wonderful brand- new LibriVox Adventskalender full of German short stories, poems, song texts, fairy tales, etc. All stories are centered around Christmas, snow, the Christkind, winter itself and everything even remotely related to it.

Here is one of the poems I read for the collection. It’s called Weihnacht by Ernst von Wildenbruch:

Die Welt wird kalt, die Welt wird stumm,
der Winter-Tod zieht schweigend um;
er zieht das Leilach weiß und dicht
der Erde übers Angesicht –
Schlafe – schlafe

Du breitgewölbte Erdenbrust,
du Stätte aller Lebenslust,
hast Duft genug im Lenz gesprüht,
im Sommer heiß genug geglüht,
nun komme ich, nun bist du mein,
gefesselt nun im engen Schrein –
Schlafe – schlafe…..

The full text of the poem can be found here: http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/buch/190/3

And here are all the other poems, stories and fairy tales for all the days leading up to Christmas: http://librivox.org/adventskalender-2012-by-various/

Happy 1. December and have fun listening!

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A couple of days ago I started a new solo recording for LibriVox. It’s called “Wintermärchen für Kinder” by Luise Büchner, who you can see in the picture below. It’s a fairly short book and as it’s a Christmas book I’m hoping to complete it by then… we’ll see. 😉

Luise Büchner

Here is how the book starts out:

 »Liebe Tante,« sagte eines Abends, grade acht Tage vor Weihnachten, die kleine Mathilde, »du erzählst mir immer von dem Christkindchen, aber gar nichts von seiner Mama. Sage mir doch, wer sie gewesen ist und wo sie gewohnt hat.« »Nun, wenn du hübsch ruhig sitzen und zuhören willst und der Georg auch, dann will ich euch alles erzählen, was ich von dem Christkindchen, von seiner Mama, dem Knecht Nikolaus und dem Eselchen weiß.«….

The book is about a little girl called Mathilde, who asks her auntie a couple of days before Christmasl to tell her something about the Christ Child’s mother too and not always only about the Christ Child himself…. and so each day leading up to Christmas the good auntie tells her a story.

So far I’ve recorded (still need to edit though… Ugh!) the first 2 stories and I just loved them. The first is about Frau Holle and how she helps the good people. In the second story, which is connected to the first one, Frau Holle askes the Nikolaus for help…. but if you’d like to know more you’ll have to listen for yourself. 😉

For starters here is my recording of the intro:

Enjoy! 😀

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