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Gassenhauer nach Hans Neusiedler (1536), commonly known as Gassenhauer[1] (pronounced [ˈɡasn̩ˌhaʊ̯ɐ]), is a short piece from Orff Schulwerk, developed during the 1920's by Carl Orff with long-time collaborator Gunild Keetman. As the full title indicates, it is an arrangement of a much older work by the lutenist Hans Neusidler from 1536. It (along with several other Orff Schulwerk pieces) is credited to Keetman on a 1995 release of the Schulwerk.[2] As with many other pieces from the Schulwerk, it has been used multiple times on television, radio, music and in films, including the films Badlands (1973), True Romance (1993) (arrangement by Hans Zimmer), Ratcatcher (1999), Finding Forrester (2000), Monster (2003), Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story (2009), The Simpsons' 22nd-season episode "The Scorpion's Tale" (2011), Friend of the World (2020), The Simpsons' 33rd-season episode "Mothers and Other Strangers" (2021) and Mad God (2021). The piece was used as the theme music for an afternoon radio program also titled Gassenhauer on the classical music station WCLV in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1970s.[3]


  1. ^ The title is a colloquial archaic German word originally meaning lively pieces of dance music, and later used for popular songs like operetta Schlager music during the early record era.
  2. ^ "Orff-Schulwerk, Volume 1: Musica Poetica, Celestial Harmonies 13104-2".
  3. ^ Francis, Mark (2010). "Street Song / Gassenhauer: A 500 Year History" (PDF). Evergreen American Orff-Schulwerk Association Chapter Newsletter. 34 (1): 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 13, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.