Street performers in Salzburg

  Located in western Austria, Salzburg is a city on the German-Austrian border. It is located at the foot of the Alps and has a long history. The city is small but retains ancient castles, churches and many classical streets and buildings. Salzburg holds a music festival every year, when musicians from all over the world come here to perform, and the residents of Salzburg and tourists can enjoy it for free; at the same time, the city is the hometown of the famous music master Mozart and also the film Filming location for The Sound of Music. Music and Mozart culture permeate every detail of life in Salzburg. That’s why Salzburg is known as the land of music.
  Music can be heard in any corner of Salzburg, the streets are full of artists from all over the world performing their own music, there are European flutes, Russian brass accordions, African drums, and many more Strange instruments with no names, you can even hear the authentic Mongolian Khuman… A lively rhythm of string music entered my ears, and following the direction of the music, I saw a small group of four Peruvian men. The band, they are all short, dark skinned, black hair and black eyes, and they are covered with brightly colored hand-woven blankets, the pattern and texture are very similar to the Tibetan Pulu. Two people played the guitar, one played a very small guitar, and the other was in charge of the drums and platoons, with strings of bells tied to the drumsticks. Pai Xiao is the kind of very small upper and lower double rows, tied with colored thread sash. Their costumes and the music they play are very ethnic, with their bodies gently swaying to the rhythm of the music. To the high pitch of the melody, they sang in unison in part, and the harmony was very good. On the ground in front was an open guitar case with two kinds of CDs in it, and the lid was used as a container for show money, and there were already some shiny euro coins in it. I prefer special music, especially this kind of music information that is not easy to get in China. So I decided to buy a CD. Perhaps seeing that I was going to buy a CD, one guitarist stopped playing and came towards me, and the other players made up for the lack of his parts without a trace. The guitarist was very young, in his early twenties, and I asked him if they recorded the CDs themselves, and he said yes, they played and sang them all. I asked again if these CDs were vocal or instrumental, he replied, one is vocal and the other is instrumental, I decided to buy an instrumental CD, he said let me buy it first, just listen to them play this one After listening to the songs on the CD, you can decide whether to buy them or not. I’m very moved by their honest and generous attitude. The four of them discussed in a low voice, and as soon as the drummer beat the rhythm, the music started. Ah, it’s so beautiful. The rhythm of the music is four or two, and the music logic is two times per measure, chanting repeatedly, somewhat similar to polka but very different. The players swing their bodies with the music, and their feet are also changing their steps. The music is a typical South American mountain feature, with a simple structure and a simple style, but it is very appealing. And reflects the rhythm-based characteristics of South American music. Their performances are relaxed and casual, yet serious. After the song was over, I asked the guitarist if they would play the old Peruvian song “The Eagle” and he said yes, so as soon as the four of them summed up in their own words, the drummer played the song slowly with a small row. , followed by drums and guitars at the same time . At this time, the four players played in a row, moving forward like a train, and zigzagging like a snake. There is a dance beauty, the visuals are very good, the drummer is the head of the train and the soul of the band, he masters the pitch and beat of each piece. Suddenly the beat of the music doubled, and the trains disbanded. The musicians began to circle and move around imitating the flight of an eagle, singing in unison at different pitches. The lyrics may be in their own language, but I don’t understand. , but this does not hinder my understanding and acceptance of this song. Through the music, I seem to see the vast land of South America, the towering mountains and forests, the meadows and rivers, the condors in the high sky dressed in golden sunshine, and the herds of llamas and llamas. After being played and sung by these native performers, this simple song has become more alive and contagious than anything I’ve ever heard before, and this contagion has gradually turned into a huge shock. It hit my heart, it awakened my inner moving, and I felt that their interpretation of this song was so close to my heart. For a moment I almost burst into tears. This is the best music I’ve ever heard. Peruvian music is local to them, just like Peking Opera and Shulaibao are to us. So they perform with ease and naturalness, and they are familiar with it. Because of their understanding of their own indigenous music culture and mutual familiarity, their performances are very improvisational and random. They have performed the same piece several times, each time being different from each other. Their music cannot be imitated by outsiders. Even if I can imitate the form, I can’t imitate the soul. I heard the soul of Andean music. It hit my heart one by one, it awakened my inner moving, I feel that their interpretation of this song is so close to my heart. For a moment I almost burst into tears. This is the best music I’ve ever heard. Peruvian music is local to them, just like Peking Opera and Shulaibao are to us. So they perform with ease and naturalness, and they are familiar with it. Because of their understanding of their own indigenous music culture and mutual familiarity, their performances are very improvisational and random. They have performed the same piece several times, each time being different from each other. Their music cannot be imitated by outsiders. Even if I can imitate the form, I can’t imitate the soul. I heard the soul of Andean music. It hit my heart one by one, it awakened my inner moving, I feel that their interpretation of this song is so close to my heart. For a moment I almost burst into tears. This is the best music I’ve ever heard. Peruvian music is local to them, just like Peking Opera and Shulaibao are to us. So they perform with ease and naturalness, and they are familiar with it. Because of their understanding of their own indigenous music culture and mutual familiarity, their performances are very improvisational and random. They have performed the same piece several times, each time being different from each other. Their music cannot be imitated by outsiders. Even if I can imitate the form, I can’t imitate the soul. I heard the soul of Andean music.
  After the performance, I asked the guitarist where he was from, and I said I was from China. He said, China, I have been there, and he was in Beijing in 2000. I asked them where they were from, he said it was Peru, they have been to many countries and cities, I bought two CDs, and then put all the Euro coins in my pocket into their guitar cases, each other After I was honored, I left. The whole night I left them, I kept thinking about the melody of this song and the figures of the musicians. The descendants of the sun, the descendants of the Mayans. They are frank and natural, friendly and self-respecting, not sullen, restrained and optimistic at the same time. I don’t feel inferior because of my status as a performer and a wandering life. Their art and culture show that they are real artists and not street performers in the usual sense.

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