Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"Corner View" Music

Traveling and sightseeing this week with my parents, has taken us to the beautiful port city of Bremen, just miles from the hometown of my husband... and what a perfect place to end up in for the "corner view" music theme.

One of the famous stories connected with the city is the "Bremen Town Musicians", a tale by the brothers Grimm of a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster "all past their usefulness on the farm, soon to be discarded by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to
Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there." A statue, somewhat of the city symbol, has since been erected in front of the city hall depicting the tale and many visitors touch the hooves of the donkey for luck or wishes to come true. (Wikepedia)

The streets were peppered with corner musicians despite the on and off rain, creating melodic surprises and bringing the streets to life. It seemed as though just about every genre of music could be heard floating down the streets.

At one point, much to our delight, a "baker's choir" traveling from Cologne stopped in the city square to sing their hometown song. It is not everyday that one just breaks out singing on the streets... it was almost stepping onto the set of a musical.

Recently when we visited the city park we were welcomed at the entrance by a gentleman playing a "Drehorgel". I was delighted by the greeting that we received and it reminded me of one of my first trips to the Baltic Sea. These are the type of traditions that I live for.

... for more musical delights, don't forget to visit Jane at Spain Daily. Our travels carry on this week to the next town and I will only rejoin the group next week.

17 comments:

  1. great post allison! music is all around us. am glad you are having a nice time! besos-jane

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  2. Very eclectic post !!! Have a musical day !

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  3. Wonderful post! I love the picture of the choir in the city square. The street musicians remind me of the variety you see on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, and thanks for the history/literature lesson!

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  4. great!
    we love the 'Bremer Stadsmuzikanten'

    have a musical day!

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  5. Ahhh...diese Bilder kenne ich...smile....Bremen ist für uns gleich um die Ecke.
    Es ist immer wieder schön deine Bilder anzuschauen...

    ganz liebe Grüße
    Ute

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  6. A perfect post!! I love how music is played so much on the streets. xoxo

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  7. A musical tale !! Nice shots and story ;) Thanks

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  8. i love your post!!!
    that is fantastic!!

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  9. Love the shots! I love the fact that you managed to build a fairytale into it and find all those outdoor musicians!

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  10. Great post. So interesting and cool. This is a perfect showing of what music is like in Germany. So cool.

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  11. What a fantastic post! So many instruments! Thank you for sharing :)

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  12. Oh, Allison, your pictures are so dynamic and tell such a great story. What a mix of instruments, huh? Thanks for sharing your journey.

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  13. fabulous corner view entry! i love that statue, but partly because i love that story!
    nicola
    http://whichname.blogspot.com

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  14. This is a wonderful post! I love the sculpture and the story behind it. I probably read the story before and forgotten it - I must look it up again... thank you for taking us to your music corner :)

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  15. great post. this was just perfect.

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  16. wholy WOW - crazy cool instruments. and that Drehorgel - very interesting. thanks for the post! street music is right there at the top with the best

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  17. Just out of curiosity, did you touch the hooves of the donkey:)?

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