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Published on January 15, 2008

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Berlin:  Berlin Music and Nightlife Berlin: Music:  Berlin: Music Classical Music: 16th Century-Present Baroque Originated in Northern Italy in the end of the 1500’s Migrated to Germany, and Germany became one of the most active centers of Baroque music Early Baroque composers: Heinrich Schütz, Michael Praetorius, Johann Schein, Samuel Scheidt Johann Sebastian Bach wrote numerous Baroque works in the first half of the 1700’s Berlin was one of the centers for orchestral music of the classical era by the mid 1700’s Berlin: Music:  Berlin: Music Romantic The two major German composers of the early 19th century were Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert. Berlin: Music:  Berlin: Music Opera Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1791) is said to be the beginning of German Opera Advanced in the 19th century by Beethoven and Richard Wagner Wagner introduced the device Leitmotiv, a musical theme which recurs for important characters In the 20th century, opera composers included Richard Strauss and Engelbert Humperdinck; wrote operas for young audiences Berlin: Music:  Berlin: Music When the Nazis came to power in the 1930s, many musicians fled the country Following the war, German composers like Karlheinz Stockhausen and Hans Werner Henze began experimenting electronic sounds in classical music Berlin: Music:  Berlin: Music Folk Music Germany has many unique regions with their own traditions of music and dance In the 20th century, the ruling powers tended to fight the introduction of “foreign music” The Fascist government promoted folk music as an expression of pure German tradition, and a tool for spreading party propaganda. Following the 1968 student revolution in West Germany, there was a musical revolution in which new songs featuring political activism and realistic joy, sadness and passion, were written and performed on burgeoning folk scene. East Germany went through this process, but not until the mid 1970’s. Berlin: Music:  Berlin: Music Rock German rock first appeared in about 1968 Different than American rock; first German rock bands fused psychedelic rock from abroad with bizarre electronic sounds. There was no attempt to reproduce the effects of drugs, as in American rock Instead, an innovative fusion of psychedelia and the electronic avant-garde. Early bands: Popol Vuh, Can, Neu!, and Faust Berlin: Music:  Berlin: Music Hip Hop Hip hop arrived in the early 1980’s Breakdancing became well-known quickly Outside of US, Germany generates the most sales for recorded hip hop, and has one of the more vibrant scenes in the world. Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Cabaret (das Kabarett) Began in pre-World War I Munich In the Schwabing district of Munich, writers, artists, and musicians congregated at the many cafes and united against the rigidity of the government and the bourgeoisie. Munich’s first cabaret was Die Elf Scharfrichter (Eleven Executioners); they rented the back room of an inn and decorated it with an impressive collection of instruments of torture Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Cabaret The program would begin with the Executioners singing grotesquely followed by poems, recitations, puppet plays, dramatic pieces and literary parodies Marlene Dietrich and Marya Delvard were two notorious women of the German cabaret The image of a cabaret is a smoke-filled club with naked woman performing lewd acts; while a cabaret can be this, in Germany it usually mocks the political or social scene Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Cabaret Marlene Dietrich Eldorado by Otto Dix When Hitler took pwer in 1933, cabaret was on of the first victims of Nazi terror due to its political importance. It is still there, but not as prevalent. Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Cabaret Die Stachelschweine (The Porcupine) Has existed since the beginning of the Cold War Pokes fun at German and American politics Wintergarten Largest and most nostalgic Berlin cabaret Acts include: magicians, clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and live music Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Performing Arts Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) One of the world’s premier orchestras It is housed in the Philharmonie in the Kulturforum, Herbert-von-Karajan Strasse 1 (significant piece of modern architecture) 2,218 seats Deutsche Staatsoper (German State Opera) Performs in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Originally constructed in 1743, destroyed in WWII, and rebuilt in the 1950’s Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Theater Berliner Ensemble Founded by the late playwright, Bertolt Brecht Theater des Westens Built in 1896 Specializes in plays, musical comedies and the German equivalent of Broadway extravaganzas. Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Dance clubs Big Eden Accommodates 1,000 dancers nightly Plays latest international hits Paul McCartney, Sylvester Stallone Clärchen’s Ballhaus Built in 1913 Nostalgic old days setting Ballroom dancing Metropole Originally built as a theater in 1906 There is a replica of an ancient Egyptian temple on the inside Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Live Music Knaack-Klub Four stories: live music, two dancing, games Four live rock shows a week Dancing on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights Quasimodo Berlin’s top Jazz club Rock and Latin played Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Drag Shows Chez Nous Essentially straight crowd Mock Louis XIV setting Nightly 8:30-11 La Vie en Rose Highly polished, Vegas-style Straight clientele, often businessmen Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Beer Gardens and Wine Cellars Historischer Weinkeller “Burning the punch” ritual Over 100 wines Loretta in Garten (pupash) Rustic indoor/outdoor garden No live music Children’s play area with a Ferris wheel Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Bars Harry’s New York Bar Pop art Pictures of all the US presidents 200 drinks Open 24/7 Newton Bar Bouncer may reject you because of your style 1960’s modernism Bar am Lützowplatz Beautiful, chic, artsy One of the longest and narrowest bars in Berlin Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Casino Spielbank Berlin $5.75 cover charge Basement: slot machines Upper floors: roulette, baccarat, etc. Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Techno Techno, a form of electronic music and beats, began in the mid 1980s around Detroit, but quickly spread to Germany by the late 80s In 1988, the electronic music label Interfisch opened the UFO Club in Berlin, which was the original center of Berlin house and techno music (UFO closed in 1990, however) Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Techno After UFO closed, the label’s head, Dimitri Hegemann opened a new club, Tresor, in East Berlin, which is still an extremely popular club today Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Tresor Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Techno Other Popular Night/ Techno/ Dance Clubs: Kalkscheune WMF Club The Kit Kat Club (Beware- clothes are checked at the door) Berlin: Nightlife:  Berlin: Nightlife Techno (Stefan Betke featuring Fat Jo)

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