Letters from Germany

Category: Music

Carless on tour with my Burley Travoy

My first Trip to a rehearsal with “Orgelnauten” by bike. All my percussion gear packed on my new Burley Travoy. Since I changed from a traditional drum kit to my cajon kit, I dreamed about traveling to gigs and rehearsals by bike, at least in my neighbourhood. I thought about buying a cargo bike, but turned that idea down. Firstly, because I have to carry my bike down into the cellar, and I’m not that young to lift 30 or 40 kilogram the stairs up and down on a daily basis. Secondly, because I simply love my trusty old Kettler Alu Rad (Kettler Alloy Bike?). It weighs less than 15 kilogram and rides like a dream.

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Falling in Love with Ludwig van Beethoven

The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D-Major op.61 is the right music to fall in love with Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born 250 years ago.

Governments all over Europe are loosening restrictions of the corona lockdown these days. Step by step, but hardly in time for Ludwig van Beethoven. The great german composer was born in Bonn on December 17, 1770. Not only his hometown has announced many events to celebrate his 250th birthday. But the epidemic rules put an end to all plans. Beethoven in empty opera houses and concert halls? Inconceivably. My personal favourite in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Oeuvre is the Violin Concert. It has no number like Beethoven’s symphonies. It is the one and only Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D-Major by Ludwig van Beethoven and a masterpiece of pure grace and beauty. Continue reading