Sounding silence


It is not easy. Not really. When the Advent season progresses, it is not only in this regard that sensitive people come to their limits - namely, to the audio limit, should there be such a thing. It starts with pling-pling, then the sleigh goes through the snow and luck has to be spoken here if it's Bing Crosby and not Donald Duck, the "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way" drowned. It is a kind of musical mallet, with which the people of our time are made aware that Christmas is coming soon.

Feeling in the department stores, the time of gingerbread is already starting in midsummer. The Christmas consumption dramaturgy then takes place in this fast beat and with the high notes of the relentless little bells, so that with every day that Christmas approaches, the desire grows for just the peace and the peace and harmony for which the day, everything strives, just stands. Sounds absurd. It is.

It has long since become boring to lament the adventurous and Americanized fast pace of Advent. But it never gets boring to look for ways to awaken a sense of Christmas that has less to do with the release from the sound delusion. It is rather a longing for slowness and other sounds. After those who arise when walking in the crunching snow, for example. Or wood crackling in the fireplace. Or for songs, with which a sound coat is knitted, which is cozy and warm and makes the heart beat a little slower. This is what succeeds the singers of the folk song choir Schwaz when they come out at Christmas time to "Anklöpfeln" and bring the real Advent atmosphere in the rooms. Anyone who hears them knows that he has found the way to awaken the Christmas feeling.

"We bring the good news, the hope and the faith that Jesus is born," says Josef Kirchmair. He is the secretary of the folk song choir Schwaz and knows not only about the beautiful history of the choir, founded in 1928, but also about the effect of male voices, when they draw from the rich treasure of folk songs and sing contemplative ways in Advent. If they enter the parlors at Christmas time as "Anklöpfler", it is as if the clocks were turned back. Shepherds are there, dressed in loden with hat, stick and lantern. That too is part of the tradition that they fill with life.

The "Anklöpfeln" was included in 2011 in the list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage" of UNESCO. Thus, the international organization (UNESCO stands for United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture) acknowledged a custom that exists only in the form of the Tyrolean Lower Inn Valley, where it represents precisely this: an inheritance that was not touched, well but can be heard, which is usually passed on from generation to generation and springs from the religious everyday culture of the village communities. "The singers are invited into the house and there are some songs that proclaim the Christmas message of the birth of Jesus," said Joch Weißbacher of the Oberau Anklöpflern in the application to UNESCO and also stated there: "The Anklöpfeln is in the Tyrolean sub -
In his practice, inntal practices and differs from the Salzburg Anglöckeln and the so-called "Glöckeln" in South Tyrol. "

In the honest light of the lanterns, the faces of the shepherds are almost mysterious. Once they have positioned themselves in front of the family in the semicircle, they knock with the shepherd's sticks on the floor and give the signal with this dull "Tocktock" - for silence on the part of the audience and quiet ways on the part of the singers. It soon becomes clear why, for many Schwazers, the Advent period does not begin until the Anklöpflers were there, they manage to leave the frenzied world at the doorstep and focus on what these days are actually in December.

It is astonishing how the traditional "Who Knocks On", which was traditionally tuned in at the beginning, also affects children who were supposedly born too late to remember something contemplative. It will probably be that the old folk songs, which are not forgotten by the Anklöpfler and accompanied by choirmaster Helmut Fürhapter on the guitar, are able to strike strings in people who have nothing to do with age or origin. Whether it is the well-known song about the futile haunting of Mary and Joseph or "Still, completely quiet is the Winta hiatz kemma" or "Lenzei and Loisei" or "Go Hansei pack the Pingei z'sam" or, or, or. .. something happens to the audience. It does not have to be explained and also not fathomed. It's just like that. With their Klöpflerliedern awaken the singers of the folk song choir Schwaz those reflections, which can not be described. And they create a sounding silence - despite the contradiction of the words.