German Culture
"Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life", wrote Jean Paul Richter. In Germany music is found everywhere, from famous orchestras, composers, and choirs, to oompah bands and techno sound.

About German Music star[offsite link]
Covering music, composers and performers from Johann Sebastian Bach and Richard Wagner to Rammstein, Hans Zimmer who wrote the theme music for Lion King, and Nina Hagen of 99 Luft Balloons.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony and The Ode to Joy star
The European Union's Anthem 'The Ode to Joy' is Beethoven's emotive and idealistic choral finale from the 4th movement of his 9th symphony. First performances were thought revolutionary, but now it is heard in everything from Die Hard and Japanese New Year celebrations to Olympic openings.

Fun Facts - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart star
The Life, Times and Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He made his first performance tours at six, wrote a first symphony at eight, kissed an Empress, was an inspired billiards player, spoke 15 languages, a popular marzipan candy is named after him...and there's more.

German Music - Fast Facts star
Germany's spirited German music scene ranges from classical to techno. It has one seventh of the world’s opera houses, almost a million music school students, world famous music festivals and a singer whose continuing live show hit is a song sung in praise of a sausage, the "Curry Wurst".

Germany's Last Love Parade star
Its beginnings were in the still divided Berlin of 1989, a small demonstration for peace and understanding through music, and it became one of the world's most popular musical festivals. The Duisburg Love Parade in 2010 ended with 21 deaths and over 500 injured, and was the last.

Germany's National Anthem star
Austrian composer Joseph Haydn created a melody as a hymn to God for an Austrian Emperor. With different lyrics, written by a German poet, it became Germany's national anthem, and for a time this beautiful music was associated with a dark period in the country's past.

Johann Sebastian Bach - Composer star
German born Johann Sebastian Bach, last Baroque era composer and one of the greatest geniuses in music history. Known as a gifted organist during his lifetime, his more than one thousand works had to wait until the 19th century to be "rescued" and their enduring appeal appreciated.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Baroque Era Composer star
German born Johann Sebastian Bach is the last of the Baroque era composers and recognized as one of the greatest geniuses in music history. However there was relatively little appreciation of his more than one thousand works during his lifetime, and after his death they were consigned to history.

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer and Pianist star
An iconic German born composer and child prodigy, who first performed in public aged seven and broke new ground in Western classical music. Continuing to produce musical masterpieces even when profoundly deaf.

The German Music Centre star[offsite link]
Das Deutsche Musikinformationszentrum, government and foreign service supported. Data sets in English which, with a bit of clever navigating, give information covering everything in Germany’s world of music. From professional, semi-professional and amateur orchestras, bands, and choirs, to future concerts and festivals, music education courses at all levels, and the role music plays on Radio and TV.

The Oberammergau Passion Play star
The wind of change has blown through the Bavarian village of Oberammergau’s centuries old and unique Passion Play, although Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem, his crucifixion and resurrection remain the focal points.

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