German Oompah Band music
Each year in Munich, Germany, more than 6 million people gather to eat, drink and socialize celebrating all things Bavarian, as millions more gather for their own ‘Oktoberfest’ celebrations around the world. While the beer, brezen and würstl are consumed, revelers enjoy an array of traditional German tunes, often singing and dancing along.
Here at Musicnotes headquarters, we like to celebrate Oktoberfest Gemütlichkeit by playing a wide array of German sheet music! Since the festival runs from mid-September through the first weekend of October, we wanted to be sure to get our oompah fix in with the Top 10 Oktoberfest Songs to play at your very own celebration.
Traditional German oompah music is loved for its often lively, dance-inducing tempo. The oompah is very similar to a Czech or Polish polka, except that rather than accordion, the oompah relies on brass instruments. Often a tuba plays the tonic and 5th on the first and third beats, creating the “oom.” Then, a higher-pitched instrument will come in for the second and fourth beats as the “pah.” If the oompah is in triple time, we relay it as “oom-pah-pah.” Oompah and polka are commonly used interchangeably in the US, and American Oktoberfest music celebrations frequently include German-influenced polka. In fact, you’ll see a couple on our list below!
THE song of Oktoberfest, “Ein Prosit” is guaranteed to get the crowd in a good and festive mood. The song’s lyrics translate to “A toast to friendship and good times, ” then at fest the band leader counts down to “g’stuffa” (big drink), and ends with the iconic call “zicke zacke zicke zacke” and crowd’s response “hoi, hoi, hoi, ” signifying fun times are being had by all. (See a video of “Ein Prosit” being performed at Oktoberfest here.)
As you probably have guessed, this song is an ode to the official drink of Oktoberfest. In German the title translates to “Im Himmel gibt’s kein Bier.” The song was written for the soundtrack to the 1956 German film “Die Fischerin vom Bodensee, ” and has been a favorite at beer halls, and generally anywhere imbibing is going on, ever since. (Hear polka band The Emeralds version of “In Heaven There Is No Beer” here.)
A spirited number from Lionel Bart’s 1960 musical ‘Oliver!’, the lyrics of “Oom-Pah-Pah” are meant to be left open to interpretation. Although not a German tune, this song makes a fun and festive addition to Oktoberfest festivities! (See the Kilkenny Musical Society perform “Oom-Pah-Pah” here.)india joze india jersey india johnson india japan indiana jones 5 india jewelry online india ka india kager india kitchen tustin india ka match india kashmir india k raja india ka map india kitchen watertown india love india language india love age india local time india lil durk india life expectancy india location india literacy rate india map india maria india match india mart india market india money india map states india metro hypermarket india news india news today india nz india next match india news latest india national language india national cricket team india nxivm india oxenberg india oven india on map india olympics india on world map india oci india official language india olympics 2021 india population india palace india population 2021 india post india pakistan india post tracking india pale ale india passport renewal in usa india quality india quarantine rules india quarantine rules from usa india quad india quality menu india queen india quiz india quarantine requirements india royale india royale age india restaurant india religion india royale kids india royale cosmetics india rupee to usd india royale twitter india sweets and spices india sweets and spices movie india stock market india standard time india states india shawn india spice house india score india time india time now india t20 india travel ban india time zone india to usa travel india travel restrictions india t20 world cup india us travel ban india us india us travel india urban dictionary india unemployment rate india us visa appointment india us flights india uk india vs new zealand india vs england india vaccination rate india vs pakistan india visa india vs new zealand t20 2021 india vaccine india walton india world cup india westbrooks india weather india world map india world cup t20 india walton husband india women india x visa india yuridia india yahoo india youtube india yellow india yuridia tour 2021 india yaffe india yuridia carne asada india young india zip code india zodiac sign india zip code list india zindabad india zodiac india zip code number india zoo india zero covid india about afghanistan india about afghanistan situation india about in english india about in hindi india about india india about cryptocurrency india about pakistan india about 10 lines india after gandhi india after independence india after gandhi pdf india after gandhi audiobook india after ww2 india after the guptas india after imperialism india after colonialism india against corruption india against china india against england india against stupidity india against england test match india against pakistan india against propaganda tweets india against presstitutes india among us discord india among top 10 countries india among world india around country india around sea india around the world india around