Der Komthur

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    Totenheer writes history.... More precisely: Totenheer set the novella "The Black Spider" by Jeremias Gotthelf from 1842 to music with 14 songs. The story tells of farmers in slavery in the 13th century in the Emmental. Under the threat of death, the tyrannical bailiff forces them to plant a hundred full-grown beech trees on the castle hill in no time at all. In their distress, they gave the order to the devil. As a reward, the devil desires nothing much, nothing more and nothing less than an unbaptized child. In a wild and stormy night, the devil fulfills the order. The peasants, however, try to trick him and cheat him out of his wages. But his revenge is terrible: the devil sends them the black spider, a symbol of the plague. The 74-minute concept album begins with dulcimer sounds that underline the scene as unison. This finally changes the mood ominously. The album offers powerful, brute and dark sounds to a primal human fear. Old legends of the past are transformed into a parable-like narrative about Christian-humanistic ideas of good and evil.

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    Totenheer writes history.... More precisely: Totenheer set the novella "The Black Spider" by Jeremias Gotthelf from 1842 to music with 14 songs. The story tells of farmers in slavery in the 13th century in the Emmental. Under the threat of death, the tyrannical bailiff forces them to plant a hundred full-grown beech trees on the castle hill in no time at all. In their distress, they gave the order to the devil. As a reward, the devil desires nothing much, nothing more and nothing less than an unbaptized child. In a wild and stormy night, the devil fulfills the order. The peasants, however, try to trick him and cheat him out of his wages. But his revenge is terrible: the devil sends them the black spider, a symbol of the plague. The 74-minute concept album begins with dulcimer sounds that underline the scene as unison. This finally changes the mood ominously. The album offers powerful, brute and dark sounds to a primal human fear. Old legends of the past are transformed into a parable-like narrative about Christian-humanistic ideas of good and evil.

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lyrics

Vor sechshundert Jahren - zu der Zeit
wo die Ritter herrschten - über die Bauern

Der wüsteste Komthur war Hans von Stoffeln
Geplagt und gepeinigt – Hunger und Not

Zwei Jahre Frondienst zum Bau eines Schlosses
Felder und Hof – zutiefst vernachlässigt

Weder Alter noch Schwachheit ward verschont
Schläge und Schimpfen – die Peitsche knallt

Frondienst war geleistet, sie fassten Mut - kräftig den Pflug
Doch verlangt er – weiteren Dienst

Mein Schloss ist fertig, doch eines fehlt, der Sommer kommt,
droben ist kein Schattengang.

In Zeit eines Monates sollt ihr mir pflanzen,
sollt hundert Buchen nehmen aus Münneberg
mit Ästen und Wurzeln,
sollt sie mir pflanzen auf Bärhegen, wenn eine Buche fehlt,
so büsst ihr mir es mit Gut und Blut.

Tiefe Verzweiflung, es folgte ihnen des Komthurs
donnernde Stimme, der Ritter Gelächter,
der Knechte Spott, der Rüden Geheul.

Keiner hatte den Mut zu rechtem Zorn, denn Not und Plage
hatten den Mut - ihnen - ausgelöscht.

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from Die schwarze Spinne, released January 24, 2020

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