Hum Hum Hum …

Beekeeper on an old German stained glass painting. Underneath the refrain of a children's song by Hoffmann von Fallersleben
Beekeeper on an old German stained glass painting. Underneath the refrain of a children’s song by Hoffmann von Fallersleben

“Hum, hum, hum” is one of Germany’s most popular children’s songs. August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote the text in 1835 under the original title ‘Bee’. It was first published in 1843.

The text is based on the Lorsch Bee Blessing from the 10th century. The melody of the song follows a folk tune from Bohemia, recorded for the first time in 1825. The American composer Otto Dresel (1826-1890) composed a version in 1847 for vocal duet and piano.

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