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Wonder In Wood

Still today, on each of the four Sundays of Advent, the boys' choirs in Seiffen and other Erzgebirge communities go from house to house carrying lanterns and illuminated stars wishing the inhabitants with their chorals and festive songs a blessed Christmas.

"Curro"(curere) has its origins in the Latin and means "to walk". The "walking" choir consisted of boys between the age of 10 and 14, and it was not until 1945 that girls were admitted to its ranks. (Extract from "the Seiffen Boys' Choir", Eichhorn, 1988).

 

The style of the singer's clothing is from around 1535 as the area around Seiffen went over to Protestantism. Unlike the altar boys of Catholic priests, the clothing consists of a simple black overdress and a round brimmed hat.

Around 1935, Max Schanz from Seiffen created the "original choir scene" consisting of five choirboys each holding a book between both hands, one choirboy holding a star, three narrow, gable-roofed houses, one of them having a ridged turret tower representing a church and two trees made of wood shavings.

 

It is possible that the boys choir of the Kreuzkirche (the Church of the Holy Cross) in Dresden stood model for this charming scene.


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