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|Music by||Ingfried Hoffmann|
|Lyrics by||Volker Ludwig|
The Sesamstrasse Theme is the familiar opening theme song of Sesamstrasse.
The lyrics to the German theme song are Der, die, das (wer, wie, was – wieso, weshalb, warum – wer nicht fragt, bleibt dumm!), literally translating to This, this and that (who, how, what - why, why and why - those who don't ask stay dumb!).
The openings have varied slightly over the years, mainly consisting of footage with children until 2000, in which the German Muppet characters were used for the first time. (However, they were shown in the openings on a few occasions, like the 1000th episode for example.)
- One of the openings from the Studio Era (1978)
- Opening for the 1,000th episode (January 26, 1985)
- Opening from the Marketplace Era (2000-2005)
- Opening with Moni und Lena (2005-2012)
- Opening from the Elmo Era (2012–present)
The original closing theme title was Malen, Pinseln, Streichen, Schmieren. During the '70s, footage was shown of children painting. During the 80s and 90s, an instrumental version of the closing theme played during various short animation segments (e.g. a parade of monsters; a German chef). Starting in 2000, an instrumental version of the opening theme was used with cues from the original closing theme. In 2013, the credit sequences were dropped and copyright production credits are displayed towards the end of the episode.