Mystery classical music
October 28, 2012 11:09 AM   Subscribe

What is this piece of music (MP3)? My daughter's music teacher (it's an initiation class for 5-year olds) gave us the sheet music before leaving on vacation and I'd like to find a correct recording.

I've transcribed it with MuseScore and exported it as a MP3 but my knowledge of music notation is limited and the result is certainly wrong. Apparently it's a classical piece from Austria, possibly written for a children choir and it may be called "All the children of the world" but my Google-fu did not return anything.
posted by elgilito to Media & Arts (11 answers total)
I definitely recognize it from German CDs of Christmas music.

I did a melody search on and it bears a strong resemblance to an Alsatian folk tune La balayeuse but it's not quite the same.
posted by dfan at 11:39 AM on October 28, 2012

Just for giggles I put it into Shazam which said it was gwiazda betlejemska by koledy polskie.

Translated Gwiazda Betlejemska means Star of Bethlehem.

I don't have a solid read on that song, its all over the map on YouTube but it might be Little Star of Bethlehem (which would be inline with dfan's Christmas Music idea)
posted by bitdamaged at 12:10 PM on October 28, 2012

Ihr Kinderlein kommet
See here for lyrics:
See here for sheet music:
See here for live performance:
posted by sardonyx at 12:13 PM on October 28, 2012

Ooh ooh found it!

It's "Ihr Kinderlein, kommet." (Wikipedia)
posted by that girl at 12:14 PM on October 28, 2012

Ohhhhh sardonyx you beat me!
posted by that girl at 12:14 PM on October 28, 2012

Not by much. And only by enough time to actually find the links.
posted by sardonyx at 12:18 PM on October 28, 2012

Oh and scratch that sheet music link. Bad copy and paste error. It should be:
posted by sardonyx at 12:23 PM on October 28, 2012

This song is also standard fare in American sacred music, where it exists as O Come Little Children. (Here's a version with hiccups which is particularly precious.)
posted by agentmitten at 12:34 PM on October 28, 2012

That song was in my Suzuki cello book 1, as "Oh Come Little Children." It's also apparently in the violin version too.
posted by oceano at 12:46 PM on October 28, 2012

Thanks! That's the one indeed. Amusingly I sped up the tempo by accident in MuseScore so it didn't sound like a Christmas song, unlike the versions linked above.
posted by elgilito at 1:40 PM on October 28, 2012

I had remembered it as feeling particular Suzuki-ish, oceano, and that was my first route of search.
posted by that girl at 5:22 AM on October 29, 2012

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