Wer waren die SPIELLEUT denn eigentlich?
... die Gruppe “SPIELLEUT”
Die Gruppe “SPIELLEUT” besteht seit 1977
traditionelle Spielmannsmusik von der Renaissance bis zur Gegenwart auf
Nachbauten historischer Instrumente.
Text zum 25-jährigen Bestehen der Gruppe SPIELLEUT 2002
1977 - 2002 !!! - das bedeutet 25 Jahre SPIELLEUT !!!
25 Jahre, das ist eine
lange Zeit - 1/4 Jahrhundert, das hätte keiner gedacht, als wir anfingen.
... the group "Spielleut" (minstrels)
The group SPIELLEUT, have existed since 1977.
We have been interpreting traditional music of the wandering minstrels from the Renaissance period to the present day on replicas of historical instruments.We do not intend a historically perfect authentic interpretation of the music (i.e. we are not purists!) but we choose, arrange and interpret the material according to our own musical taste and ability.
It is an important aim during our concerts to retrace the roots of our own folk music. In the present day society, which is surfeited by electronic sounds, we find it very attractive and rewarding to understand our own musical heritage and to become once again familiar with the sounds of the corresponding but mostly forgotten 'old' instruments and to present the result to our audience.
This may lead to
the possibility of comparing this music with the
'Volksmusik' of the TV-age.
1977 - 2002! This means 25 years SPIELLEUT
That's a long time, and nobody would have imagined that when we started. The field of Anciant Music was still quite fallow then, the folk revival was in its prime and groups such as Fiedel Michel or Elster Silberflug recorded their first titles. Meanwhile we have been around for such a long time that we can remember what things used to be like then.
The meeting of musicians in Eveshausen, a little place in the Hunsrück, where we went regularly for years were very important and formative for us. These meetings were also the berth of the "Verlag der Spielleute" which was founded by some members of the SPIELLEUT and friends.Books like the series 'Schnurrpfeifferyen', 'Ein gutter nerrisch Tantz', 'Tanzbär' and other books were published, which - for quite a few - were the starting point into 'Old' or 'Anciant Music'. In the former German Democratic Republic these books were widely spread as fotocopies, as we later learned. The publishing house added MCs, LPs and later CDs to their products, thus being able to pass on living examples of the music, too. The big publishing companies were not interested in this segment, because there was not a lot of money in it - and there still isn't.
Of course we are a bit proud of the fact that we have initiated this or that , although the group SPELLEUT stayed more or less in the background developing a certain reputation only inside the 'scene'. And of course we liked to see the people going home from our gigs with smiling and happy faces.
It is good to see that more people than 25 years ago are getting interested in Anciant Music, even though we don't appriciate everything that is happening in this field at present. Anyway, we are not so alone any more. We think we'll still go on for a little while before we'll retire and watch and listen to the others how they will carry on this type of music with new ideas.
Willi - SPIELLEUT -
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