The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61827   Message #3928820
Posted By: Jack Campin
02-Jun-18 - 07:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Frere Jacques / Brother John
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: fere jake
I think that label for what Mahler was doing in his First Symphony was wrong. Mahler's tune is the opening of "Hajané, hajané", a folksong which I know from the region of umquhile Greater Hungary which is now southern Slovakia. Which may itself share melodic genes with "Frère Jacques", but Mahler probably got it from much nearer home than France and with less editing.