Friday, May 28, 2010

Street musicians

Like any large city, there are many people on the street asking for your money. But my favorites are the street musicians; they are really talented here!

The most common instrument seems to be the accordion. They play mostly upbeat tunes. I've heard classics like the William Tell overture and traditional songs like Hava Nagila. Of course, those are only a few pieces in their huge repertoire that they shift amongst effortlessly. They sit very politely in the S Bahn station or down in the underground terminals and accompany the passengers as they hurry to and fro. I enjoyed listening to a guitarist today on the U Bahn, and we even had a trio hop on the light rail train one evening with an accordion, a recorder, and some other instrument I couldn't see. Good culture and talent seem to pervade many aspects of German life!


  1. I remember when I went to Germany, there was a stringed bass musician in the street ... it was wonderfully beautiful. I could have sat across from him for hours. I loved that part of European culture.

  2. Yes, it's a lovely boost to the day to hear such quality music. I haven't heard any stringed instruments yet, but I'll be on the lookout!