Saturday, November 18, 2017

While the Trees Were Sleeping (part 1)

This song can be found on the album "Entr'acte":

Reminiscent of a Trip to the Black Forest in Germany. The Black Forest is a large forested mountain range in the state of Baden-Württemberg in south-west of Germany. It is bounded by the Rhine valley to the west and south. It is mainly rural and comprises many scattered villages and a few large towns. Tradition and custom are celebrated in many places. The forest is best known for its typical farmhouses with their sweeping half-hipped roofs, its Black Forest gâteaus, Black Forest ham, Black Forest gnomes, Kirschwasser and the cuckoo clock.

 In the field of handicrafts, wood carving plays an important role, than not only produces folk art like the Longinus crosses, but also famous sculptors like Matthias Faller. Wood-carving is a traditional cottage industry in the region and carved ornaments now are produced in substantial numbers as souvenirs for tourists. Cuckoo clocks are a popular example; they have been made in the region since the mid-18th century and much of their development occurred there. According to legend, the Brothers Grimm were inspired by the forest in their native country when they wrote Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.