Sunday, August 15, 2010
Brno Day 2010 Festival
The festival was to celebrate the 365th anniversary of the successful defense of the city of Brno against the Swedish invasion back in 1645. There is an interesting story associated with the retreat of Swedes at that time. Once you are in Brno, you will notice a strange thing. Everyday at 11 o'clock in the morning, you hear the church bell ding-donging 12 times. In fact, this 11 o'clock bell was originated in the event of the Swedes' attack in 1645.
The story is that the Swedes decided to give themselves one last chance to break Brno after months of failed attempts and said that they would retreat at 12 o'clock noon if they hadn't yet conquered Brno at that point. Brno officials overheard this information and ordered the church bell to be rang 12 times at 11 o'clock. Thanka to the Swedes' "stick to the plan" spirit. Brno was saved. Ever since then, it has been Brno's tradition to ring the church bell 12 times at 11 o'clock as if it was 12 o'clock. Neat!
After the concert, people in military costumes with guns and cannons were waiting for the crowds to emerge from the cathedral. The drums rolled, soldiers pumped gunpowder into the barrels of their guns, and they started to fire the guns. The gunfire was startlingly loud, but was a good ending to the celebration, which was followed later by fireworks.
Here is a part of Janáček's piece, which I had to compress a lot to upload, but here it is.
Posted by gGbama at 1:22 PM