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Die Vogelweissagung

05:00 - 05:44


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The ornithopoet Georg Jappe uses the Edda, the Old Icelandic counterpart to the Middle High German Nibelungenlied, as source material for his composition "Die Vogelweissagung" (The Birds Prophecy)?. In the old Germanic mythologies an archaic understanding of the world is still perceptible: here, gods, heros, dragons, dwarfs, birds are the protagonists of the action; especially the language of birds is of special importance, for those who can understand the birds are able to look into the future.
In a metaphorical sense, in the present situation one can understand this significance given to bird's language as a symbol that it's always worth listening to other, foreign languages, to linguistic nuances as these allow new insights and a different perception of the world.

In collaboration with the sound engineer Martin Leitner, Georg Jappe has created four atmospheric acoustic pieces using a mixture of birds' voices and human language which rather intuitively trace the epical happenings than illustrate them.

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Artists:

Georg Jappe