Category: Music

Devoted music making for felix draeseke

Devoted music making for felix draeseke

A special occasion this year was the 100th birthday of the church. Anniversary of the death of the clay victim, to whom therefore the largest part of the program was dedicated. The professors barbara thiem (violoncello) and wolfgang muller-steinbach (piano) performed at the kunstverein the ballade op. 7 and sonata no. 2 von draeseke to perform, between which the last of ludwig van beethoven's five cello sonatas was played. The solid performances, which received rich applause, had deserved a much better attendance – again a proof for the correctness of the proverb "the prophet counts for nothing in his fatherland".

Expressive early work
The early work of the ballad is divided into three parts (duster – heller – verloschend), which barbara thiem performed with expressive, richly colored tone, secure plying and spirited interpretation, carried by the usual dense piano accompaniment of draeseke, which was in the best hands of the technically superior and dynamically careful wolfgang muller-steinbach.

Forceful design
Seamless interplay and forceful interpretation was also experienced in beethoven's sonata in d major op. 109/2 with its energetic first movement, the hauntingly cantabile adagio and the merry final fugue, which boldly and uncompromisingly demonstrates the contrapuntal skills of its creator.

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Jocelyn b. Smith: “music is emotion”

Jocelyn b. Smith: 'music is emotion'

When jocelyn B. Smith sings, her voice wraps around the listener like velvet. It sounds sometimes quiet and delicate, then again powerful and radiant. But there is always something comforting about this voice, which has its roots in the gospel.

In the interview with the german press agency in her house in the south of berlin it is no different. "Music is emotion" – the 59-year-old new yorker is convinced of that. As she says it, you would believe her immediately.

For her latest album, "shine ur light," jocelyn B. Smith took two years. It is her most honest work, as the singer confesses. Her companion volker schlott, multi-instrumentalist and already a jazz-grouper in the germany, produced it. "I like my music to be an anchor for people who need support in these times. We no longer have time to reflect, to balance ourselves," says the singer. "We have to find something that brings us closer together".

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Children conquer kronach

Children conquer kronach

Little snow whites, ballerinas, indians, gardeners, floats and sailors – the mottos of the numerous groups were as colorful as the costumes again this year. The children’s train has long been an integral part of the free push – and this time, too, some spectators did not want to miss the spectacle. 57 groups and seven music bands took part in the children’s parade through kronach on tuesday. More than 1900 participants from the entire district were involved, from the world of associations and kindergartens.

For the still acting guardian king bernd korb it was the first time to organize such a rough train: "it was a couple of days of work, but it was a lot of fun." The train was also visibly enjoyable for all participants. Even the rain that came briefly during the train could not dampen the good mood among the children and young people.

The groups met in front of the town hall as early as 11 a.M. In order to line up properly – no easy task with almost 2,000 people. "We have laid out boards with numbers on the floor so that everyone knows where they stand", explains korb.

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Piano tuner: a tough job

Bing, bing, bing… A sound interrupts the silence. Loud and forceful, he sounds off to the farthest corner of the rough room. But ludwig vasicek is not satisfied. "Too soft," he says, reaching for a file to carefully work on the hammer head. Key by key, string by string, the master piano maker from piano seiler works his way through the instrument. He needs a good ear for it, but also a lot of feeling.

Piano making has a long tradition in kitzingen: the seiler pianoforte factory was founded over 170 years ago. Long family-owned, the company passed into the hands of the korean samick group in 2008. The high-quality seiler pianos and grand pianos are still made in kitzingen and exported from here to 30 countries. About 250 pianos and 50 to 60 grand pianos leave the factory every year. Many colleges work with rope instruments. Rough artists on stages all over the world play on pianos from kitzingen. "It’s a special feeling to witness this," says ludwig vasicek. In the bolshoi theater in moscow he has already supervised concerts, sab already in the tsar’s box of the mariinsky theater in st. Petersburg and has been closely monitoring whether everything fits with the coarse flugel he tuned on the stage shortly before the concert.

As a layman one is tempted to write that when tuning pianos before concerts, but also at the end of the production of the instruments in kitzingen, he checks if every note is right. A master piano builder like ludwig vasicek is shaken by this simplification. His work is about much more than just the right tone. It’s about timbre, intonation, volume, temperature and brilliance. It’s about whether it sounds hard or soft, how long a note lingers, whether the instrument carries the melody, whether the bass is too powerful and thus overdoes the melody, and much more. "Listen to this?" He asks, pressing a button forcefully. "It wavers!"With a wave movement of his hand he makes clear what he means. And really: if you listen very carefully, you can hear a slight up and down. Ludwig vasicek files the felt of the hammer heads, plucks the copper-wire-wrapped string, strikes the key again and again until he is satisfied. "Bing, bing, bing"… The only sound in the otherwise silent hall. This silence is important, otherwise vasicek doesn’t hear when it wobbles, when one string sounds longer than the other, when it vibrates in the transition from bass to treble.

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Multi-talent is celebrated

The feast day was a holiday and the blessing was accompanied by the father’s happiness: on ascension day, the new emergency vehicle was dedicated and immediately celebrated in a multi-dimensional way.
7.5-ton weight class, 500-liter water tank, opulently equipped equipment compartment and standard squadron cab: the TFS/W portable fire engine catapults the geisfeld fire department directly into another operational league. Because a new tool also requires new skills, after the friendly reception in the spring of 2017, the first extensive familiarization, training and diverse practice took place. Since last november, the new vehicle has been part of the alarm plan and, with its potential, logically expands the range of operations.
With modern equipment including respiratory protection, thermal imaging camera, submersible pump, wet aspirator, airlift, four-part ladder and more, much more can be offered in case of emergency – which in turn sustainably increases the radius for the active personnel. The rough use for the rough emergency vehicle deserves of course the rough celebration. Music and flag delegations accompanied the new multi-talent from the church to the fire station and to the marquees. The family celebration of the fire department offered a happy frame for the blessed act and the dose of local politics into the night and offered a lot of opportunity for meaningful advertising: the voluntary fire department geisfeld has at present over 44 task forces and toils in the everyday life beside the adult exercises with youth work for the preservation of the local group. Recruiting and recruiting young people is not a fun cure, but an urgent and sensible duty.

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