Kindsraub

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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

So war das arme Weibchen verkauft
wusste es nicht, hoffte mit Bangen nach Rettung;
und beschlossen im Rate der Menschen
war der Stoss in sein Herz.

Drinnen im Stübchen wimmerte das arme Weib,
zu Ewigkeiten wurden die Minuten,
die Grossmutter vermochte den Jammer nicht zu stillen
mit Beten und Trösten.

Da wimmerte das erste Lebenszeichen
eines Kindes durch die Türe,
unterdrückt so schnell als möglich,
aber zu spät.

Die Türe flog auf von wütendem Stosse,
und wie auf seinen Raub der Tiger stürzt,
stürzt Christine auf die Wöcherin.

In Christines Händen ist das Kind;
ein grässlicher Schrei - bricht aus dem Herzen der Mutter,
dann die Ohnmacht - sie in schwarzen Schatten hüllt

Zagen und Grauen ergriff die Männer,
als Christine mit dem geraubten Kinde herauskam,
glühend leuchtete ihr Gesicht,
wie es dem Sieger leuchtet nach überstandenem Kampfe
voran auf ihrem Wege zum Kilchstalden.

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from Die schwarze Spinne, released January 24, 2020

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