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Website Dutch pop, folk and children's songs
About this website
This unique website with translated Dutch children's songs, folk songs and chansons is a part of the Dutch website In de Overtuin.
In 2008 the first 80 Dutch children's songs were translated in English. In 2016 also folk songs and pop songs were translated and more children's songs were added. Also information about meaning, age and origins was added to every song.
The website In de Overtuin includes three other domains (in Dutch):
• Over 500 Dutch children's songs:
• Over 200 Dutch traditional folk songs:
• Over 3000 songtexts Dutch and English popular songs:
The section Dutch songs with English translation, was created by Rozemarijn van Leeuwen (the Netherlands).
Rozemarijn ('rosemary') has a master in Dutch culture and literature. She worked over three years at the Dutch Folk Songs Archive (project Dutch Song Database) at the Meertens Research Institute, Amsterdam.
The other creator of In the Overtuin and responsible for the content is Marijke, who is a teacher for the primary school. She got her musical education from the famous musical pedagogue Renske Nieweg.
For questions about Dutch songs from Holland
mail to: berichtje[at]rozemarijnonline.net
or click on: berichtje[at]rozemarijnonline.net
(change [at] in the sign @ by hand!).
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English translations of the songs were made by R. van Leeuwen. It's a simple line by line, sometimes word by word translation. The rhyme disappeared, but most translations fit (more or less) on the original music and can be sung.
The sheet music was made by R. van Leeuwen (concerning the sheets with a green title and a reference to overtuin.net). Used program: Finale Notepad.
The simple recordings of the melodies (mp3) were made by R. van Leeuwen. Used program: Audiocorder. In 2009 most mp3's were replaced by midi's. Used program: Finale Notepad.
Please don't publish (digital or in print) without permission.
© translation R. van Leeuwen (2007, 2016)
© sheet music R. van Leeuwen (2009, 2015-16)
© music recordings R. van Leeuwen (2009, 2015)
See the page: Copyright.
Depending the browser and the operating system of your computer, you can choose to click on 'Play music' or on 'or click here'.
You also can click 'Play music' while holding CommandKey (AppleKey).
The original Dutch website contains over 500 well-known traditional children's songs, nursery rhymes and lullabies. This is the complete collection I learned in my childhood, 1970's and 1980's, at home and at school. The songs I didn't know as a child and recent songs can not be found on my website.
The most famous and popular traditional children's songs are translated in English. All these children's songs are still known and sung frequently today in the Netherlands.
The folk songs are all the traditional songs from the oral tradition that Marijke and me combined knew and/or could sing. Marijke learned many songs during her musical education and I learned some medieval songs during my study and some more songs during my time at the Song Database (besides the songs I learned from my mother and grandmother).
In my professional life I did research on children's songs and folk songs for 3 1/2 years. The Dutch Song Database gives 19160 hits if you search on the word 'kinderlied' (children's song). So many more songs, versions and variants exists. This database however only gives the first lines of a song and seldom gives complete lyrics and music.
All texts and melodies on my websites are checked, compared to songtexts in print, on the official copyright website, and in the Dutch Song Database and are as accurate as possible - but of course variants, sometime several, do exist in traditional songs and folk songs.
'In the Overtuin'
The name of this website, the 'overtuin', means 'garden on the other side of the road' or 'across the road'. In old days, country houses sometimes were situated along the road (on the front-side) and had a big front garden on the other side of the road.
This was also the case in a small village in the district the Achterhoek (the far east of the Netherlands, in the province Gelderland). Afterwards, houses were built in the site of the garden. The name of that street still is the 'Overtuin'.
Because we did sing all the children's songs, folk songs and popular songs while living in that street, we called our website 'In the Overtuin'.
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