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Original Rattenfaenger melody: Die sehnende Weise des Ungelahrten / Wizlaw

Norbert Rodenkirchen on July 23, 2011 16:31

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The dark melody of the Rattenfaenger? A mysterious 13th ct. melody of Wizlaw III from Ruegen – documented in the Jenaer Liederhandschrift: Der Ungelarte hat gemachet eyne senende wyse. Wizlaw quotes here the "longing tune" (die sehnende Weise) of his artistic mentor, the "Spielmann" der Ungelarte, who lived in exactly the same time as the enigmatic flute player who appeared in June 1284 in Hameln and took with him 130 adolescents out of the city. Today we know from antropological research that they went to the Baltic coast (Pommern and Ruegen).
Wizlaw´s father, the duke of Ruegen sent out so called locators to invite German settlers to come to his lands. Was the Ungelarte a locator who went to the Weserbergland (f.e. Hameln) with his special mission? And is this melody consequently the original tune of the Rattenfaenger?

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