A touch of melancholy, a bit of nostalgia, and enough schmaltz to
keep the music audible over
the clattering coffee cups: that’s “Kaffeehausmusik”, a style known
and loved for a
hundred years. Here young ensembles in particular will find welcome
alternatives to classical
literature. Pieces such as “Fräulein Gerda” and “Mir tut Ruth gut”
will add color and variety to
every occasion. But even without an audience they’re fun to play.
The pieces are arranged for
melody 1 (voice, violin, flute etc.), melody 2 (voice, violin, flute
etc.), piano and bass,
with suggestions for percussion accompaniment.
They hardly exist any more: the coffee-house pianists and tuxedoed
gypsy violinists who used
to play background music at coffee houses in the good old days. And
what things they played!
Of course there were the latest hits from operettas and the movies,
even folk tunes, such as
“Cherry Season” or “Dark Eyes”. And it goes without saying that
classical and romantic music
was heard as well: Dvoraks famous Humoresque is salon music in the
Our collection is aimed at musicians who want to play in small
groups, from duos to quintets.
The choice of instruments may vary: the only obligatory parts are
Melody I (sung or played) and
the Piano part, which can be replaced as need be by another melody
instrument (e.g. a guitar).
Melody II can join in, but it doesnt have to. The ensemble can be
rounded off with bass
(the part is written out) and drums (suggested patterns).
Falling in love again (Can´t help it)
I´m well off with Ruth
“If you ever wanted to try Klezmer, Latin American, or Viennese
here is your opportunity.”
Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt
Falling in Love again (Cant help it)
Das Fräulein Gerda / Miss Gerda
Le temps des cercises / Cherry season
Ich steh`mit Ruth gut / Im well of with Ruth
Humoreske / Humoresque
Russischer Tango / Russian Tango
Combocom Kaffeehausmusik Score & parts