Karl Hodina: Herrgott aus Stan#
Many Viennese songs treat the everyday person's relationship with God
and death. This is sentimental but not tragic and has been the subjecct
of many Wienerliedern (Viennese Songs). Herrgott aus Stan (Stein)
written in 1956 has become one of the most popular paradigm of the
folksong for its melody that emphasizes the spoken word (dialect) with
a narrow (easily-sung) range, as well as for its harmonies and form.
Paradigmen der Gattungen Volkslied. Karl Hodina (1935 Vienna), the
composer (Fig. a) and performer, is a painter in the style of
Fantastic Realism and illustrator. Fig. b) shows Hodina's
artistic interpretation of the popular Viennese character Lieber
Augustin, who, the saying goes, rescued himself from a mass grave for
victims of the plague. (M. Saary)
© Sound: 1988 EMI Columbia 12C 524 CDB 7903962, Interpreten: Duo Hodina.