Ever heard of a Thingspiel?

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Ever heard of a Thingspiel?

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:53 pm

No, it is not Singspiel pronounced with a lisp. It is a sort of multi-media performance performed in a German amphitheatre transformed into a Thingplatz. (Well, that explains everything. :) ) Though it pains me to say it, this is a Nazi concept that would have had real promise if separated from the party program. Many of them were built, many more were planned, and a number still exist, but most of them are in relatively unknown places in Germany. The Waldbühne is an exception, being in Berlin, and the reason I found out about this in the first place is that Simon Rattle conducted the Berlin Philharmonic there in a concert (program unspecified in what I read) for the Debussy centenary.

The only other Germanic word I know containing the syllable "thing" is the Allthing, Iceland's parliament, which is the oldest in the world. I don't know how the Icelanders pronounce it, but the Germans undoubtedly say "ting," which frankly for once makes me as a Germanophile cringe. Nevertheless, it apparently has a generic meaning in German. All of this and much more is explained in the Wikipedia articles on the Waldbühne, Thingplatz, and Thingspiel. John F I suppose knows all this; just please don't tell me that I am the only CMG member who has never heard of it. There are limits to my ability to endure my own inferiority complex. :)

Self-copy-edited for the second time in a week. Older brain means need for more careful proofreading, I guess.
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Re: Ever heard of a Thingspiel?

Post by Lance » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:09 pm

Well, Lenny, I'll join your "club." I don't know the term either.
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Re: Ever heard of a Thingspiel?

Post by barney » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:36 am

What? You didn't know? Unbelievable!
Where did you go to school, you ignoramus?*


* I didn't know either, me ignoramus.

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Re: Ever heard of a Thingspiel?

Post by maestrob » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:10 pm

barney wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:36 am
What? You didn't know? Unbelievable!
Where did you go to school, you ignoramus?*


* I didn't know either, me ignoramus.
:D :lol:

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