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Georg Daniel Speer (1636-1707): Kriegsgeschichten (1688) / Markus Moesemberger, tenor; Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor

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>Speer, Daniel : Musicalisch-Turkischer Eulen-Spiegel a 6
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In the year 1688, when the 52-year-old Georg Daniel Speer, son of a reputed peltmonger family of Breslau, had his Musicalisch-Trckischer Eulen-Spiegel published in Ulm, he was an organist and assistant teacher in South Germany and already had an eventful life behind him. At the age of 18, he sets off on his way through the Carpathian Mountains to Spisz (located in the north-east of present-day Slovakia). Throughout the following years, he works as a mercenary for various armies, once as an army drummer, then as a bugler in the war of Hungary against the Turks. Finally, he reaches Constantinople in the company of a "high-born lord". In his Musicalisch-Trckischer Eulen-Spiegel, Speer sets texts from his picaresque novel Ungarischer oder Dacianischer Simplicissimus in music. Spear lets his hero Lompyn travel musically through all the countries then affected by the Turkish invasion. To this effect, the versatile composer created dances and melodies in the style of each of these almost exotic peoples. In the War Stories, we experience the rough time of the Turkish wars from the point of view of a simple man who is trying to survive the most dangerous of situations, ideally without any noteworthy scratches. With cunning and humor, he is able to survive dangerous attacks but also refuses to cringe in the face of substantial ribaldry and incivility. At the end, the hero ponders the absurdity of war.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Aufseásaal, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg (03/07/2014-03/10/2014).



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>Speer, Daniel : Musicalisch-Turkischer Eulen-Spiegel a 6
  • Conductor: Gunar Letzbor
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Aufseásaal, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg (03/07/2014-03/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque