An art student in Munich

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byAnna Mary Howitt

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1854. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XX. THE SCHAFFLER DANCE AND CARNIVAL. Jan. 26th. -- I have just returned from seeing the Schaffier Tanz. Everybody has been saying of late -- ' So the Schaffier Tanz takes place this year.' The Munich papers have for several weeks past been announcing, that ' about the middle of the month the Schaffier would perform their interesting dance, -- this being the seventh year since its last exhibition ; and that having danced before the royal palace, they would take in course the various palaces and residences of the chief nobility, and so continue their dancing until Carnival time.' According to printed authority to which I have referred, the origin of this dance is as follows. In the year 1517, a fearful plague desolated Munich. So great was the consternation which it occasioned, that people dreaded to leave their houses. All doors and windows were closed, and every man avoided his neighbor. In the midst of this universal terror and silence, all at once a troop of men, coopers by trade, came in from the country with music and fresh green garlands, and went from house to house, calling to the people with sounds of merriment to open their doors and windows. The effect of this unexpected summons was wonderful. The people came forth, and, as if in frantic joy, danced through the streets. The plaguespell was broken by the delirium of gaiety which, as if in defiance of past misery, seized on every heart. There is something strangely wild in the idea of this fearful scourge being banished by an excess of merriment scarcely less fearful, -- the reaction of lacerated human souls ! Every seventh year, therefore, in commemoration of this event, is the Schaffler Tanz performed -- and this, fortunately for me, happens to be the year. On Monday the Coopers danced before ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1854. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XX. THE SCHAFFLER DANCE AND CARNIVAL. Jan. 26th. -- I have just returned from seeing the Schaffier Tanz. Everybody has been s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021767772X

ISBN - 13:9780217677721

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