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German-Russian Dialects - Bibliography

Compiled by Homer Rudolf, September 2010


Arends, Shirley Fischer.  The Central Dakota Germans: Their History Language, and Culture.  Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1989.

Bachmann, Hermann.  Through the German Colonies of the Beresan District and Colonist Tales.
Transl. By Roland Wagner. Fargo: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU
Libraries, 2003.

Bollinger, Johann & Janice Huber Stangl.  Marienberg: Fate of a Village.  Fargo: Germans from
Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State Libraries, 2000.
[NOTE: From May? to July? Of 1926, Jakob Ahl, a correspondent from the colony of Marienberg for the German-language newspaper Eureka Rundschau, sent a number of stories in the Bergdorf dialect, rather than letters. They are #s 57, 59, & 60 in the above collection, which includes the original German version and an English translation by Homer Rudolf.]

Bosch, Anton & Joseph Lingor. Entstehung, Entwicklung und Auflösung der deutschen Kolonien
am Schwarzem Meer: am Beispeil von Kandel von 1808 bis 1944. Stuttgart:Landsmannschaft der
Deutschen aus Russland, 1990.
            [NOTE: has an extensive dictionary of the Kutschurgan dialect, giving the ‘high
            German” equivalent: pp. 454-529.  Also lists words borrowed from French,
            p. 530; and from Russian & Ukranian, pp. 530-33 ]

Deutsche Volkslieder aus Russland.  Lieder zum Mitsingen bei Veranstaltungen der Landsmannschaft im Rahmen der Wanderausstellungen “Volk auf dem Weg. Schicksalswege der Deutschen in Russland,” “Deutsche aus Odessa und Schwarzmeergebiet,” und der Öffentlichckeitsarbeit der Landsmannschaft. Stuttgart: Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland e.V., [n.d.]

Deutsche Volkslieder aus Russland: Liederbuch.: Russlanddeutsche Volkslieder aus Kasachstan und Sibirien.-- Liederbuch; [booklet with texts & melodies  to accompany the CD titled: “Bei Uns, Ihr Leit, ist Hochzeit heit” (Russlanddeutsche Volkslieder aus Kasachstan und Sibirien – & – Unser goldener Liederschatz. issued by Katharine Rissling, Jakob Fischer, Wladimer Dederer & Eduard Frickel. [n.p., n.d.]

Dortmann, Friedrich. Olga von der Wolga: Lieder im Volkston mit Klavierbegleitung
            Kludenbach: Esther Gehann Musikverlag, 1992

Fiechtner, Friedrich. Volks- und Kinderreime der Deutschen aus Bessarabien. Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 1949.

Gross, Rev.  Fred W. "The Songs Our Forefathers Sang," American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, Work Paper No. 12, 1973, 49-51.

Gross, Brother Placid [various “Folklore” columns in the GRHS Newsletter & in Heritage Review]

Height, Joseph S. Folksongs of our Forefathers: Liederbuch der Schwarzmeer-Deutschen. Bismarck, ND: North Dakota Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1978.

Height, Joseph S. Homesteaders on the Steppe: Cultural History of the Evangelical-Lutheran Colonies in the Region of Odessa, 1804-1945.  Bismarck: North Dakota Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1975.   
          p. 428: Glossary of common Russian terms
          p. 429: Russian measures and heir equivalents
                      Glossary of German terms

Height, Joseph S. Memories of the Black Sea Germans: Highlights of Their History and Heritage.  Associated German-Russian Sponsors, 1979.
          p. 215: Customs & traditions (including nursery rhymes)
          p. 222: Stories in the Kutschurgan dialect
          p. 244: Poems in German & English

Height, Joseph S. Die Muttersproch der Kutschurganer, Beresaner und Liebentaler; A Basic Franconian Dialect Grammar with Vernacular Vocabulary, Pronunciation and Idiomatic Usage. Bismarck: North Dakota Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1975.

Height, Joseph S. Paradise on the Steppe: A Cultural History of the Kurtschugan, Beresan, and Liebental Colonists -- 1804-1972.  Bismark: North Dakota Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1973.
          P. 399: Glossary of German terms
          p. 400: Glossary of common Russian terms - Russian Measures

Heritage of Kansas: Special Issue – The Volga Germans. 1976, IX/2-3.

p.8       Gilbert, Glenn G. The German Language in Ellis County, Kansas
p. 17    Pfannenstiel, Nick. J. & Lawrence A. Weigel. German Folk Songs From Ellis County
p. 55    Gabel, Marie. Proverbs of Volga German Settlers in Ellis County

Hieb, Sally, transl. “The Old Songs,” from “Wolhynisches Tagebuch” by Hertha Karasek-Strzygowski, in AHSGR Journal, 12/4, 1989, 23-25.

Hoffman, Klaus D. “Die Alte Heimat war zu Enge: Germans from Russia Tell Their Story in Songs,” in Heritage Review, 16/3, 1986, 9-17.

Hoffman, Klaus D. “Songs of the Germans from Russia: Mirror of an Ethnic Minority,” in AHSGR  Journal,, 5/2, 1982, 38-44.

Hutterite singers & dialect

Jülich, D. [Communication to the Unterhaltungsblatt für deutsche Ansiedler in südlichen Russland, Odessa - vol. 1863/2 – the effect of colonists from various areas in western Europe on the culture & dialect of the Glückstal colonies], in Rudolf, Homer ed. The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America: A Bicentennial Collection of History, Genealogy and Folklore. Pierre, SD: State Pub. & Printing, 2004, p. 50.

Kloberdanz, Rosalina Appelhans, "Rocking in the Cradle and Riding on the Knee: Lullabies of the Germans from Russia," Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, 1/1, 1978, 34-3 7.

Kloberdanz, Timothy J. "Tradition and Creativity: The Folk Songs of  'Vetter Hannes,’" Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, 7/4, 1984, 23 -

Larson, Eric. “The Secular Music of the Ethnic Germans from Russia in Mercer County, North Dakota,” Honors Thesis, University of Minnesota, 1999.

Mennonite dialect

Pfannenstiel, Nick J. and Lawrence A. Weigel, eds.. A Collection of German Folk Songs.Hays, KS: the Editors, 1956.

Read, Tamar C., ed. “Festival of Ethnic Musical Traditions in North Dakota, Univ. of North Dakota, June 17-19, 1983,” copyright by the author, 1983.
p. 45    Young German Singers, Napoleon Area

Sammllung Deutscher Volkslieder der Russlanddeutschen in Amerika, im norwestlichen Teil der Ver. Staaten und Canada. Erster Teil. Bismarck, ND: Dakota Rundschau, 1929.

Schirmunski, Viktor. 1928.  Die deutschen Kolonien in der Ukraine, Geschichte, Mundarten,Volkslied, Volkskunde.  Moscow-Charkow: Zentral-Völker-Verlag.

Schirmunsky, Viktor Maksimovich. “Summary of and Problems Relating to Dialectal and
Ethnographical Studies of German Settlements in the U.S.S.R.,” transl by Alexander Dupper,  in AHSGR Journal, 10/2, 1987, 23- 29 & ff

Schultheiss, David R. “Old Country Folk Songs, Humor, and Memories,” in AHSGR Journal, 10/3, 1987, 37-41.

Schünemann, Georg.  Das Lied der deutschen Kolonisten in Russland.  Munich: Drei Masken Verlag, 1923.
[NOTE: This is his PhD dissertation, consisting of ca. 500 German-Russian folksongs & hymns that he collected from German-Russian prisoners of war in German (& Austrian?) prison camps following WW I. Schünemann transcribed the melody, and the text - in each case he identified the informant & the village he was from.]

Schwab, Alexander. Russlanddeutsches Liederbuch. [Auftrag der Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland. ?; Esther Gehann Musikverlag, [1991]
Shypp, Sergey. “The Black Sea Region Germans and Their Music in Terms of Ethnocultural Development,” in Musik im Umbruch: Kulturelle Identitat und gesellschaftlicher Wandel in Südosteuropa; Beiträge des Internatoinalen Symposiums in Berlin, 22.-27. April, 1977. München: Verlag Südostdeutsches Kulturwerk, 1999.

Sinner, Samuel. Twelve German Tales from Russia: welve Tales of Fantasy and the Supernatural. Fargo: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, 2003.

Wahn, Maria – songs at the Johannes Kunzig Institut, Deutsche Volksliederarchiv, Freiburg, Germany.

Weigel, Lawrence A. German Folk Songs from the Volga: 100 Favorites with Music – German words (English Translation). [n.p., n,d,]

Weigel, Lawrence A. "The History of the Germans from Russia Expressed in Song," American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, Work Paper No. 18, 1975, 21-26..

Weigel, Lawrence A. "The Songs Our Forefathers Sang," American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, Work Paper No. 18,1975,3-5.

Weigel, Lawrence A. “Volga German Traditions,” [apparently a regular column in the Ellis County Star – which included discussions of folk songs].

Weigel, Lawrence A.  "We Sing Our History," American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, Work Paper No. 19,1975, 46-48.
           
Weigel, Lawrence A. "We Sing Our History," American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, Work Paper No. 20,1976, 63-64.

Weigel, Lawrence A. "We Sing Our History," American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, Work Paper No. 25, 1977, 40-41.

Weigel, Lawrence A. "We Sing Our History," Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2/1, 1979, 59.

Weigel, Lawrence A. "We Sing Our History," Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, 3/1, 1980, 54-55. [Note: p. 55 consists of a picture of a "Typical Volga German Musical Group, Ellis County, Kansas, 1903]

Weigel, Lawrence A. "We Sing Our History," Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, 7/3, 1984, 24-25.

Weigel, Lawrence A. "We Sing Our History," Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, 7/4, 1984, 30-31.

Weigel, Lawrence A. We Sing Our History: A Traditional Wedding Song," American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, Work Paper No. 23, 1977, 65-66.

Zhirmunsky, Viktor.  Volkslieder aus der bayrischen Kolonie Jamburg am Dniepr. Wien, Duetschen Volksgesang Vereines in Wien, 1931. [photocopy]
            34 texts with melodies in 84 pp,
            index
            Commentary in Russian

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