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Vorwort

Foreword

Die Idee, die bereits fur Blockfloten-Gruppen er


schienene Variationsreihe tiber "Happy Birthday"
von Gerhard Wolters, .Jedem sein Geburtstags
standchen", fur Streicher-Ensembleherauszugeben,
entstand mehr aus einem privaten AnlaB, an dem der
Transkripteur selbst zur Bratsche griff. Dabei ent
deckte er, welchen Reiz diese geistreich-humorvoll
komponierten Stticke auch auf Streicher ausuben;
nicht verwunderlich, da die in den Variationen
verarbeiteten Melodien in ihrer Originalgestalt vor
wiegend von Streichinstrumenten ausgeflihrt wer
den.

The idea of arranging Gerhard Wolters' set of


variations on "Happy Birthday" came to me after
having played them on viola at a private function. In
so doing, I discovered how well this charming, witty
set of pieces for recorder ensemble would adapt to
the medium of the string quartet, perhaps not
surprisingly, since much of the melodic material on
which the pieces are based was scored originally for
string instruments.

Der musikalische Wert liegt zunachst vor allem in


der stilistischen Vielfalt, die dem Schtiler Gelegen
heit bietet, vom Horen Vertrautes musikalisch selbst
umzusetzen, Zum anderen ist beim Thema Geburts
tag ein konkreter AnlaB zum Spielen fast immer
gegeben; das befltigelt die Motivation.
Die hier vorliegenden Bearbeitungen sind nicht
zuletzt auch das schone Ergebnis einer mehrjahri
gen, gegenseitig befruchtenden Zusammenarbeit
zwischen Gerhard Wolters und dem Verfasser an
der Jugendmusikschule Mulheim/Ruhr.
Dr. Tibor Istvanffy

The musical interest resides primarily in its stylistic


variety, affording pupils the opportunity to hear
familiar music transformed in various ways. Also,
with its "Happy Birthday" theme, you can find a
reason to perform this piece at practically any time.
of the year.
This arrangement is also for me the fine result of a
long' standing mutually beneficial collaboration
between Gerhard Wolters and myself, working
together at the music school in Miilheim/Ruhr.

Dr. Tibor Istvanffy

Gerhard Wolters

Jedem sein Geburtstagsstandchen

TO EACH HIS OWN BIRTHDAY SERENADE


Variationen tiber das Lied
"Happy Birthday"
von Mildred J. Hill und Patti Smith-Hill
bearbeitet fur Streichquartett
oder -Gruppe

Variations on the Song


"Happy Birthday"
by Mildred J. Hill & Patti Smith-Hill
arranged for String Quartet
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FUreinen Bach-Freund
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For Perfect Wagnerians
For a Cavalryman
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DIE HAPPY BIRTHDAY-REIHE * THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SERIES

FOr Blockfloten-Ensernbte / For Recorder Groups

GERHARD WOLTERS

Jedem sein Geburtstagsstandchen


TO EACH HIS OWN BIRTHDAY SERENADE
Variationen uber das Lied "Happy Birthday" / Variations on the Song "Happy Birthday"
Nach dem groBen Erfolg von Jedem seinen Kuckuck hat slch der Autor entschlossen, noch
einmal ein bekanntes Lied in die Farbt6pfe der Musikschichte einzutauchen, um es in ganz
unterschiedlichen Schattierungen wieder ans Tageslicht zu holen. Er hat dabei viele
bekannte Weisen berOhmter Komponisten in die Geburtstaqsstandchen einflieBen lassen
Der Musikliebhaberwird bestrebt sein, mliglichst aile zitierten Werke zu identifizieren; dem
Blockfl6tenlehrer ist wiederum die M6glichkeit gegeben, den SchOlem Epochen und deren
Kompositionen naherzubringen, die sie sonst im Blockfl6ten-Unterricht kaum kennenler
nen wOrden.

1. Folg~
1st Senes
2. Foige
2nd Series

IBoE 39641

IBoE 46301

After the great success of To Each His Own Cuckoo the author resolved once again to dress
up a famous tune, as it were, in the colours of musical history, so that it would emerge as
something very different. This time he allowed a number of familiar works by big names in
Classical music to influence the result.
Music lovers shouldn't have much difficulty in identifying the quotations; the recorder
students, on the other hand, wlll benefit from the introduction to themes which otherwise
they might never get to know in their recorder classes.

BOSWORTH EDmON

FOr Streichquartett oder -Gruppe / For String Quartet or Group

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TIBOR ISTVANFFY

Jedem sein Geburtstagsstandchen


TO EACH HIS OWN BIRTHDAY SERENADE
Die Wolters-Variationen Oberdas Lied "Happy Birthday"
in einem Arrangement fOr Streichinstrumente.

IBoE 40671
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Gerhard Wolters' variations on the song "Happy Birthday"

arranged for string instruments.

FOr qemlschten Chor a cappella / Part Song edition S.A.T.B. a.c.

GERHARD WOLTERS

Happy Birthday

Singpartitur
C 2301 G

BOSWORTH EDITION

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JEDEM SEIN GEBURTSTAGSSTANDCHEN

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Variationen uber das beliebte Geburtstagslied


(mit einer zusatzlichen Variation fOr Singstimme
und Klavier ad lib.)

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HANS-GUNTER HEUMANN

FOr Klavier / For Piano

HANS-GUNTER HEUMANN

Happy Birthday

IBoE 40641

Variationen uber das beliebte Geburtstagslied in sehr leichter


bis leichter Fassung fOrKlavierzweihiindig mit einem Anhang fOr
Klavier vierhandig unter Verwendung einiger Satze aus "Jedem
sein Geburtstagsstandchen" von Gerhard Wolters.
Variations on the familiar birthday song in very easy to easy
settings for piano solo with an additional section of duets based
on pieces from the collection "To Each His Own Birthday
Serenade" by Gerhard Wolters.
BOSWORTHEDITION

BOSWORTH
EDITION

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KOLN
LONDON