The call to sing the “Ode to Joy” out of the window at 6 p.m. or to play an instrument spread via the Internet.
It was indeed among the most challenging times in global history. The Coronavirus has caused everyone to quarantine and there’s just music on balconies under patio umbrellas to soothe the soul.
Many musicians from all over the world made their balconies and patios their stage to share music with the world. Patio umbrellas from MidTownumbrellas have witnessed these all.
Bad Tölz – The “Ode to Joy”, also known as “Joy, Beautiful Spark of the Gods”, comes from Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and is one of the most popular classical works worldwide. It is also the anthem of the European Union. It is not yet known who spread the call on the Internet, at least it was shared thousands of times.
Andrea Fessmann ensured widespread distribution in the Tölzer Land. The singer, who was born in the spa town and director of the “KlangKunst-Choir” in Iffeldorf, even posted a video on the internet in which she sang the “Ode to Joy”, accompanied by her husband Klaus Fessmann on the piano. “It was intended for everyone who didn’t want to sing alone and perhaps doesn’t have a very good voice,” says Fessmann. She encouraged shy people to leave the video playing in the background at 6 pm. “Then they have my voice as an accompaniment.”
Fessmann also received the call online from friends. She is very supportive of the idea of becoming musically creative in new ways. “Music takes away fear,” says the voice trainer, who lives in Iffeldorf. Several neighbors took part in the campaign on her street and played music from the balcony or in front of the front door.
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In Bad Tölz, many residents of Eichenstraße took part in the campaign, reports Johanna Zantl, who runs the “EichenGrund” cultural space there. “We agreed on the phone in the neighborhood beforehand, and about 30 people took part.” Most would have sung. Zantl played the cello, her friend Franziska Beck the flute, other neighbors played the piano, and one family even played the drums. After that, everyone would have waved at each other and then talked on the phone. “At first I found the idea of doing something like this strange, but a wonderful closeness develops,” reports Zantl about her experience. During the telephone conversations, the idea came up to hold a street festival again in the summer. Should there be flash mobs again on the coming Sundays at 6 p.m., Zantl wants to be there again. “But then I also sing
On the other hand, Marina Reiser-Kaschek and her husband were quite alone in Gaißach. “We stood on the terrace and were the only ones,” reports Reiser-Kaschek, who sings in Andrea Fessmann’s “KlangKunst-Chor” and is vocally versed. “But unfortunately it was all around dead.” Reiser-Kaschek also thinks it’s a good idea to sing together in these times. “Everyone is so upset. Singing lifts the spirits.” She then exchanged views with friends on Whatsapp. “It would be nice if you could do this every Sunday now, and if more people would take part.”
Andrea Fessmann has also written to her artist friends in Italy and France. “Maybe we can form a European choir,” she says with a wink. In addition, she wrote to Bayerischer Rundfunk and asked if they could offer something there that would encourage people to sing along. “I think that would be a nice, unifying thing for many people.”