Ach du lieber Augustin

"Ach du lieber Augustin" is a popular folk song from Germany. The original key of the song is G major. Its history dates back to the 17th century when it was composed by Marx Augustin, a street musician and performer from Vienna, Austria. The song gained widespread recognition and was later adopted by Germany as its own. Marx Augustin himself was a blind beggar who would entertain people on the streets with his music. The song became associated with the devastating plague that struck Vienna in 1679, as Augustin would play it during that time. Interestingly, there exists a traditional belief that the melody of "Ach du lieber Augustin" can ward off disasters and misfortunes if played during times of crisis. The melody is characterized by its lively and cheerful nature, often accompanied by lively dancing and singing.