BURG FÜRSTENECK is a medieval castle, completely maintained and carefully renewed during the last few years. It is located in the centre of Germany but far away from big cities. Since 1953 it has been used as an institute for adult education. It surpasses the two other institutes in size of the building, in number of students, and in the scope of educational subjects.
When we came to BURG FÜRSTENECK in October it was to be the last meeting of the whole group. Earlier in summer we decided to meet an extra day than originally planned. Thus we had two days before the “International Days of the Nyckelharpa” and the “European Nyckelharpa Training” joined in. The last day almost 100 nyckelharpa players from 12 nations stayed at the castle.
Thus a lot of exchange happened officially by observing lessons and informally by playing and talking together. We also met additional guests who had already joined us in Tobo and Forlimpopoli. The musical work of the CADENCE group was focussed by Didier François on teaching methods for improvisation and contemporary music. Beside this some rehearsal was done to prepare a public concert recorded and broadcasted by the national German radio “Deutschlandfunk”.
The mayor of Eiterfeld, Hermann-Joseph Scheich, opened this concert. He also invited us for dinner to another castle in his community. On our way there we saw two more castles, and even got a little private organ concert by Matthias Steinmacher in a lovely fortified church. Near BURG FÜRSTENECK the former East and West border ran through Germany. We visited it together with Anita Heller. She had been living there with the border dividing her family’s farm into two parts. Her story gave us a lasting impression of the life in times of the Cold War.
The last day of our stay we discussed the experience of the CADENCE project. We all agreed that it was worth all the effort but that we would have liked to have more time for it. We collected the ideas for the publications and made clear agreements on the further work. We are glad to say, they were kept nearly hundred percent. The managers of the schools met with the Swedish publisher Per-Ulf Allmo (Tongång) and the German publisher Michael Hofmann (Verlag der Spielleute) to prepare the editing of the results.
Per-Ulf Allmo, also very engaged in research on nyckelharpa history and Olle Plahn, professional nyckelharpa builder from Sweden, have been accompanying our cooperation for many years.
This was the program: