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CD: Meyerings MALBROOK - Malbrook

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2134871020 CD: Meyerings MALBROOK - Malbrook

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CD: Meyerings MALBROOK - Malbrook
Meyerings MALBROOK - Malbrook

It all started when Wolfgang Meyering and three fellow musicians were invited to play at a wedding in Mundal on Norway's Fjaelandsfjord. On the way they visited colleagues in Bohuslšn, at the border between Sweden and Norway. It was there that Wolfgang Meyering realised for the first time the similarities between the Swedish language and the dialect of the region where he was born in northern Germany, close to the border to the Netherlands.

The north of Germany and southern Scandinavia have for centuries shared a common heritage based on extensive ties of trade, knowledge and culture. This cross-fertilisation reached its fullest flower in the late mediaeval era, at the time of the Hanseatic League, a confederation of trading cities in northern Europe). In that period Low German was the most important language of commerce in Northern Europe. It had a strong influence on the Scandinavian languages nearly fifty per cent of the words in modern Swedish have a Low German origin. There was also a strong cultural exchange between Northern Germany and Southern Scandinavia. Many lyrics and melodies, as well as other cultural products dating from the late Middle Ages, are similar in both regions.

This was the starting point for the project "Malbrook". Wolfgang Meyering had already been playing songs and music from northern Germany as both a musician and a radio journalist for more than 25 years. He chose traditional or original music mostly from northern Germany - songs about murder, jealousy and death, off-beat children's songs in polka style and a suite of three 'Schotsken' (a dance that is called Schottis in Sweden and Norway). The tunes were recorded with a wide variety of instruments - mandola, German and Swedish bagpipe, Bohemian/German harp, flutes, fiddles, percussion. And so this tribute to Wolfgang Meyering's Low German heritage acquired a distinctly Scandanavian flavour.

MALBROOKin Low German means somethinglike «Dance Devil», one who danceswith wild abandon. Malbrookalso is a well-known traditionalmelody in Northern Europe;
the spelling may vary.

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