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Thread #61938   Message #998202
Posted By: Joe_F
06-Aug-03 - 06:38 PM
Thread Name: Is 'Frau Wirtin' ever sung?
Subject: Is 'Frau Wirtin' ever sung?
I have been interested for some time in the German tradition of "Frau Wirtin" verses (the cultural counterpart of the English-language bawdy limerick tradition, tho metrically different). Arthur Koestler, in his autobiography, mentions their being "recited" in the drinking orgies of the Zionist dueling fraternity he belonged to in Vienna in the 1920s. Were they, and are they -- like limericks -- sometimes sung? And if so, to what tune(s)?