Sunday Music

Next week will see me travel through the Spessart, (Ger., Eng.) reading church books, searching for people. The Spessart is where die Räuber wohnen, drink their WildsauTropfen, and generally do as they please. Oh dear …

A little music. Nothing special, just three minutes with Friedrich GULDA. Hope you enjoy it.



16 thoughts on “Sunday Music

  1. I do not touch this Feuerwasser, LX – because it inevitably leads to the Teufelskopf next morning …
    Seriously the Spessart was an area where robbers, Räuber, roamed in the 17th and 18th century. This was additionally popularized by cheap novels in the 19th century. Why a devil’s head is among the paraphernalia I do not know. Maybe the hellish master appeared at some places there, what is absolutely possible: More or less secluded wooded mountain areas are prone to such stories, like Bayerischer Wald, Fichtelgebirge and others. The devil is a not uncommon visitor on the countryside, there exists a real “Sagenkreis” around “the devil and the farmer/peasant”. Very often the devil is tricked by a shrewd farmer (“bauernschlau”), but on the other hand the sulphurish smeller brings harm, and may trick people, especially in the woods. They may loose their way, find themselves without direction, he may jump on them or their waggons, may steal things, induce fear into the horses and so on.
    But I have no idea what to do with the original Spessart Teufelskopf …

  2. Aarne-Thompson Index is a kind of lexikon of “tell motif”, Erzählmotive. But in the end one would have to look into the local tradition and “Heimatkundeliteratur”.

  3. I always love a little air on a G-String….
    It’s time for som sleep here and that little bit of music has just calmed me enough to allow me to peacfully hit the hay. Thanks Mr Maggs… Have an interesting week…

  4. I hope it will be a gentle week Roses – good luck with your agenda and the move!

    Old Friedrich was a kind of anarchist, Eryl, he once was called a “music terrorist”; he was an outstanding musician.

    It’s a shame, isn’t it, LX! There I was reading in my Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz, as every good citizen should, and all of a sudden it’s officially gone! What shall I do without my Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz? It’s a shame …

  5. And I thought that if I go to Germany, I’d only have to worry about Die Loreley! ;)

    I have Mozart’s complete sonatas by Gulda. Such sobriety is quite amazing from such a “flamboyant” musician. Danke sehr, mein lieber.

  6. As Scarlet mentioned, I have also heard there is flooding in Germany. My husband’s friend in Prague is having to work from home because his office building near the zoo was flooded. How is the Rhine? Hope you stay warm and dry!

    Flooding is a problem around here regularly. One must be very observant when looking for a home in this area. having salmon delivered directly to your door can be a real problem. If the price is too good to be true, this is often the reason.

    Take Care, M-Proxima

  7. No need to thank me, JON. I have to confess that I always looked at GULDA’s jazz work. I was told that in some concerts his MOZART became a little jazzy too, much to the annoyance of the conservative Viennese audience.
    Gunter WAND, the great BRUCKNER conductor, always had a heart for modern music too. His concerts in Cologne always included a modern and a classical part. Once he was conducting a modern piece and the auditorium became increasingly nervous and noisy. He stopped, turned around and gave them a good telling-off; they went quiet and sat through the “modern noise”, patiently waiting for the classical repertoire.

    No water wings necessary in Franconia, MsScarlet: Our river is a bid higher as usual, the reporters try to impress and find dramatic angles, but its nothing serious around here. And btw I sit on a hill, like Noah.

    Prague is hit hard, generally the East, and Southern Bavaria, Proxima. The Rhine behaves well, I think barge traffic is as usual. If I could look for a house here I would surely prefer one that is up on a hill, from where I can look around. Some of the small valleys around do look very idyllic, but these creeks can come to visit too. And I hate damp walls!

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