Beim Kronenwirt
arranged by Leonard Enns for SATB divisi voices

Leonard Enns
Leonard Enns
Composition Date: 2009
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
Programme Note:
The Three German Folksongs were commissioned by Henry Engbrecht for the University of Manitoba Singers. The first two arrangements were completed in 1989 while I was on a teaching exchange in Winnipeg, and the third arrangement was completed in 1992. The first two songs were familiar to me from social evenings with German (“Russian”) Mennonites in my youth; in my memory these songs are clothed in a rather nostalgic garment. The third song, Beim Kronenwirt, was introduced to me by Henry Engbrecht; it’s a wedding party, and I’ve had fun arranging it--even a bit of KW’s Oktoberfest seems to have snuck through the door!

At the innkeeper’s today there is rejoicing and dancing.
Today Kathrin carries her holy garland.
There is music and boisterous celebration;
the dumplings are steaming and the innkeeper is laughing.

Up there by the parson stands Krischan
with Kathrin, his sweetheart, blushing red as the moon.
He looks at his watch, but it’s only 3:30
and the guests will not leave until 7 o’clock!
(One, two, three, four, five, six, seven . . .)

Suddenly, there is a trumpet flourish.
And the bridal couple, who have vanished in a flash,
make hi didel di didel do.
The girls feel embarrassed and silly
while the boys shout and swing them around.

Michel blows his trumpet and the innkeeper laughs.
The moon shines brightly; the night sky is clear.
The village and the old house resound with the dancing
but Krischan has long since put out the lamp.

Recorded by the Winnipeg Singers on the CD PRAIRIE VOICES, released 1999 (independent). The CD may be ordered at

Premiere Information:
05/11/1994 St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Kitchener ON Renaissance Singers Leonard Enns, guest conductor


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6000 E59be
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 1, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (12 p.); 26 cm.
    12 Pages
    Height: 26.5 cm
    Width: 17.5 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • SATB choir acappella
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