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Hans Hagemann 1/16/32 7/28/15
A "lieder kranz" tribute to Hans the Happy Wanderer Submitted by Stefan Klosowski
Two and a half years have passed since Hans left us. We decided to plan a tribute to Hans Hagemann our grand accordion player and entertainer. We wanted to do it in a true ‘lieder kranz’ fashion. Yes, with a “wreath of songs.” Hans’ birthday was January 16 and on Sunday the 14th we placed a wreath, made a toast and sang at his grave site at the Paxtang cemetery in Harrisburg.
Hans had arranged his favorite ten standard songs seven years ago and the wreath included sheets of music tied with gold, red and black ribbons. The wreath was made of a variety of winter greens, pine cones and included a brandy snifter with candle. The group consisted of his daughter Doris, son Mark and a contingency of Hobby Chor singers and friends.
Yes, it was a cold January winter day, but the sailors of Kiel don’t choose the weather either! Hans was someone who knew the true meaning of Camaraderie and Gemuetlichkeit. We were there on his birthday and not the date of his death. We did not celebrate his departure but his birth and the bringing of his life and talents to us.
We sang a number of songs at the cemetery starting with his favorite Der Froehliche Wanderer and Nimm uns mit Kapitaen. We celebrated a toast to Hans with his favorite Asbach Brandy and poured a shot to him in the middle of the wreath. After the visit to the cemetery we gathered at Hans’ house where his daughter Doris is now living. There we enjoyed food and refreshments and sang a host of additional songs.
Ancient Liederkranz legend has it that a group of singers who had regularly sung together had lost one of their colleagues and took a wreath to his grave site and sang with him again. That is what this wreath represents today...Ein Kranz von Lieder…we have continued that tradition. Hans had touched our lives with great music, his infectious laughter, the twinkle in his eye, and was often the center of happiness and Gemuetlichkeit.
"Wreath of Songs"
Liederkranz Hobby Chor
Mark, Doris and the Ladies
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