City - Am Fenster

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City - Am Fenster

Introduction to "Am Fenster" by City

City is a German rock band, and their song "Am Fenster" (English: "At the Window") is one of their most famous tracks. Released in 1977, it quickly became a hit not only in East Germany, where the band originated, but also in other parts of Europe. The song is known for its unique blend of rock, pop, and classical elements, especially its extended violin solo.

History and Background

City was formed in 1972 in East Berlin. The band's music often reflected the social and political atmosphere of East Germany, and "Am Fenster" is no exception. The song's lyrics, written by lyricist Hildegard Maria Rauchfuß, are somewhat cryptic but are often interpreted as expressing a sense of longing and introspection.

Analysis of "Am Fenster"


The lyrics of "Am Fenster" are poetic and metaphorical, with a recurring theme of gazing out of a window, which can be interpreted in many ways. This makes the song an interesting subject for analysis and discussion.


The music of "Am Fenster" is notable for its fusion of rock with classical elements. The prominent violin solo in the extended version of the song is a defining feature and has been widely praised for its emotional depth.

Impact and Legacy

"Am Fenster" remains a classic in the world of rock music, particularly in Germany. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its innovative blend of musical styles and its evocative lyrics.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Am Fenster" released? (1977) (!1982) (!1970) (!1985)

Which band performed "Am Fenster"? (City) (!Scorpions) (!Kraftwerk) (!Rammstein)

What is a distinctive feature of "Am Fenster"? (Extended violin solo) (!Heavy guitar riffs) (!Electronic sound) (!Rap verses)

In what part of Germany did City originate? (East Berlin) (!West Berlin) (!Hamburg) (!Munich)

What language is "Am Fenster" sung in? (German) (!English) (!French) (!Russian)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

When was the band City formed? (1972) (!1969) (!1975) (!1980)

What style of music is City known for? (Rock and pop) (!Hip-hop) (!Jazz) (!Classical)

Where was City primarily popular? (East Germany and Europe) (!United States) (!South America) (!Asia)

What theme do City's songs often reflect? (Social and political atmosphere of East Germany) (!Romantic relationships) (!Nature and environment) (!Space and science fiction)

How are the lyrics of "Am Fenster" best described? (Poetic and metaphorical) (!Simple and direct) (!Humorous) (!Historical)

Quiz: Questions on the Lyrics

What does the "window" in "Am Fenster" symbolize? (Longing and introspection) (!Travel and adventure) (!Happiness and contentment) (!Conflict and struggle)

Who wrote the lyrics for "Am Fenster"? (Hildegard Maria Rauchfuß) (!Klaus Meine) (!Till Lindemann) (!Herbert Grönemeyer)

Which theme is NOT directly present in "Am Fenster"? (Romantic love) (!Longing) (!Introspection) (!Observation)

How is the mood of "Am Fenster" often described? (Reflective and melancholic) (!Uplifting and joyful) (!Aggressive and energetic) (!Humorous and light-hearted)

What is a common interpretation of the song's lyrics? (Expressing a sense of longing) (!Celebrating freedom) (!Telling a love story) (!Describing a historical event)


Create a memory game with matching pairs for this topic. Insert suitable texts (at least 5 pairs) using exactly the following format, write only the text and leave no characters out, do not transform anything into a table, etc.

1977 Year "Am Fenster" was released
East Berlin Origin of City
Hildegard Maria Rauchfuß Lyricist of "Am Fenster"
Violin Solo Distinctive feature of "Am Fenster"
Longing and Introspection Themes of "Am Fenster"

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of songs similar in style and theme to "Am Fenster".
  2. Draw a Scene: Draw or paint a scene inspired by the lyrics of "Am Fenster".


  1. Write a Poem: Write a poem that captures the themes of longing and introspection found in "Am Fenster".
  2. Research East German Music: Research and write a brief essay on the impact of political and social conditions on East German music during the 1970s.


  1. Analyze the Lyrics: Conduct a detailed analysis of the lyrics of "Am Fenster", discussing possible interpretations and symbolism.
  2. Compose Music: Compose a piece of music that blends rock and classical elements, inspired by "Am Fenster".
  3. Create a Documentary: Produce a short documentary exploring the history and influence of the band City.
  4. Explore Rock and Classical Fusion: Investigate and present on other songs or bands that successfully blend rock and classical music.
  5. Interview Project: Conduct interviews with music experts or older generations about their memories and interpretations of "Am Fenster".
  6. Cultural Study: Analyze the cultural impact of "Am Fenster" in Germany compared to other European countries.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Significance: Discuss the significance of the violin solo in "Am Fenster" and how it contributes to the overall mood of the song.
  2. Compare and Contrast: Compare and contrast "Am Fenster" with another song from the same era, focusing on themes and musical style.
  3. Explore Interpretations: Explore different interpretations of "Am Fenster" and how they reflect the listeners' perspectives.
  4. Impact of Music: Discuss how the social and political context of East Germany in the 1970s might have influenced the music of City.
  5. Lyrics Analysis: Analyze the poetic devices used in the lyrics of "Am Fenster" and their effect on the song's meaning.

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