Amish School Christmas
Amish School Christmas is not a performance. Not a studio production. This CD will bring you inside a one-room Amish school. The Christmas program is about to begin. Family and neighbors sit wall to wall, adding background sounds.
Amish Music Variety: Hymns to Harmonica
Samples the type of music used by the Amish in both worship and social singing in German and English. Unison, four-part, some harmonica and zither.
Enjoy these ten songs performed by an Amish m usician on harmonica who played them as a teenage girl at hoe-downs. Four-page insert with essay and photos.
Amish Harmonica CD $7.95
The Amish hold worship services every two weeks in their homes or barns. Sunday morning singing is limited to hymns from the Ausbund, a collection of hymns written by early Anabaptists, some published as early as 1564.
The hymns are sung to melodies sung unison. It is hard to determine the origin of the tunes because they are sung slowly, with many passing notes from one syllable to the next. It can take five minutes to sing a single verse. At funerals no hymns are sung, but a preacher usually reads a hymn.
Written music is not used during worship. All is learned as oral tradition, and there are slight variations from one part of the country to another region.
Besides their Ausbund hymns, many Amish also sing popular hymns in English at informal occasions, such as singings for the youth and family gatherings and visiting with neighbors.
Simple instruments, while not used in worship nor formally approved, are found in social settings. The harmonica, especially, is enjoyed. Sometimes small groups of young people sing in trios, quartets or other groupings.