Wooden Heart/Muss i Denn: Valentine Songs for Voice or Piano
Wooden Heart, a free Valentine song in three keys for vocal duet or piano, with an easy-to-play arrangement for beginning pianists.
This cute traditional German tune (Abschied, or Muß i denn) is great fun to sing! See the bottom of the page to download the new version for beginner piano students...
This melody is very familiar, thanks to Elvis Presley. Here he is singing it in both English and German.
Though the tune is traditional (and therefore copyright-free), the English words to Wooden Heart, as sung by Elvis, are not in the public domain, so I have written my own rather corny lyrics (scroll down the page to find the PDF download links in several keys):
If you want to sing the English words that Elvis and others have made famous, just go hunt online for the Wooden Heart lyrics - you will surely find them!
This song makes an excellent vocal duet for beginning voice students who are just learning to hold a harmonizing line.
Because almost all the harmony consists of parallel thirds, the bottom line is fairly easy and predictable. I have used this song successfully at a few music recitals.
Below is a very easy version for beginning pianists of this Valentine's Day song. Add chords to it if you want to make a duet out of it: G, C, and D.
When I was a young girl, this tune was popular, and I LOVED it.
Though it has been many years since then, the melody still holds great appeal, as folk songs tend to do!
Below is another video, sung in German, from Raymond Crooke, who specializes in recording folk songs onto YouTube:
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
Dana: Good for you! Yes, I know just what you mean. Every new endeavor requires a little bit of chutzpah -- not to say just brazening it out a bit, because you just can't be an expert at anything until you've done it for a while. We teachers have to learn how to teach... and you have to start somewhere.
Danielle: What a lovely, generous site! Many thanks from a fellow singer and music teacher in New York State.
Loved the inclusion of the video for "The Ash Grove," a song I just recommended to an adult voice student today. I was pleased to be able to send her the link to not only the sheet music, but a charming performance of the song as well.
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