Three little hazel twigs

Posted on 17th December 2020 by simonbeattie

I was recently reminded about the German tradition of the Barbarazweig, and thought I’d share a short Advent piece by Hugo Distler (1908–1942) which I translated some years ago:

I first sang it back in December 1995, when I was living in Germany, and found it quite charming. Distler’s work is little known in the UK, and so I decided to translate the text, hoping the piece might become better know. You can listen to the original version here:

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