This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What's a "Landler"?

Tonight, on MPR, the host interviewed Phillip Brunelle from VocalEssence about the origins of the song Silent Night.  Brunell said most of us know it was written for the Christmas services at a little Bavarian church whose organ wasn't working cuz mice had chewed the bellows.  So, it was first performed by the choir accompanied by a guitar, and that it was written as a "landler" or walz.  (Ha! I've begged my sisters, for years, to sing it faster, but Nooooo.  I love being right!)

Here's where I first heard of a landler--it's the music we used for the reunion video, called STILLWATER LANDLER .  The clip starts in an interview with Erwin Suess of the Hoolerie Dutchmen.  Notice the tempo?  Now, think "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht...."
Later: LOL, two sisters called and sang Stille Nacht with me in the RIGHT tempo!
Merry Christmas!

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