Georg Daniel Speer - War Stories (Musicalisch-Turckischer Eulen-Spiegel) | Pan Classics PC10317

Georg Daniel Speer - War Stories (Musicalisch-Turckischer Eulen-Spiegel)

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Label: Pan Classics

Cat No: PC10317

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th February 2016

Contents

Works

Speer, Daniel

Musicalisch-Turckischer Eulen-Spiegel
» Cossack Ballet
» Gigue 40
» Greek Ballet
» Hungarian Ballet
» Intrada
» Moscow Ballet
» Polish Ballet
» Sarabande 41
» Sonata 26
» Sonata 27
» Sonata 28
» Sonata 39
» Wallachian Ballet

Artists

Markus Miesenberger (tenor)
Ars Antiqua Austria

Conductor

Gunar Letzbor

Works

Speer, Daniel

Musicalisch-Turckischer Eulen-Spiegel
» Cossack Ballet
» Gigue 40
» Greek Ballet
» Hungarian Ballet
» Intrada
» Moscow Ballet
» Polish Ballet
» Sarabande 41
» Sonata 26
» Sonata 27
» Sonata 28
» Sonata 39
» Wallachian Ballet

Artists

Markus Miesenberger (tenor)
Ars Antiqua Austria

Conductor

Gunar Letzbor

About

In the year 1688, when the 52-year-old Georg Daniel Speer, son of a reputed peltmonger family of Breslau, had his Musicalisch-Türckischer 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 had set off through the Carpathian Mountains to Spisz (located in the north-east of present-day Slovakia). Throughout the following years, he worked 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 reached Constantinople in the company of a 'high-born lord'.

In his Musicalisch-Türckischer Eulen-Spiegel, Speer sets texts from his picaresque novel Ungarischer oder
Dacianischer Simplicissimus
in music. Speer 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. From the large number of stories, Gunar Letzbor, the leader of Ars Antiqua Austria, chose two CD-filling programmes: the present CD with 'War Stories' of our hero Lompyn and his 'Love Adventures', which are due to appear on a second CD in 2017.

In the 'War Stories' mentioned, 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 humour, 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.

Contents:
- Intrada
- Cossack Ballet
- Sonata 27
- Moscow Ballet
- Polish Ballet
- Sonata 26
- Hungarian Ballet
- Wallachian Ballet
- Sonata 28
- Cossack Ballet
- Greek Ballet
- Sonata 39
- Gigue 40
- Sarabande 41

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