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We're Building a City
Written by Hindemith in 1930, the children’s song cycle We're Building a City (Wir bauen eine Stadt) is about an imaginary city built and ruled by children alone, with all the fantasy, non-sense and naivety the situation implies.
The score was originally for piano and children’s choir, but the piece was premiered in 1930 by an orchestra and choir. These modern nursery rhymes, with lyrics by Robert Seitz and Käthe Rudo, were specifically conceived for children’s voices and amateur musicians.
We're Building a City alternates a cappella songs, dialogues, instrumental parts with choir and orchestra numbers, and Hindemith succeeds in keeping things simple but charming.
Sung in the English version.
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