Silberflug´s artistry skillfully marries many stilistic genres
without abandoning the medieval musical tradition, medieval ideals
are not lost in history, but are being rediscovered in our own
times of similar enlightenment. Years of pessimistic idealism
are being abandoned, the vision to free oneself from the narrowminded
perspective that the world offers, and from the conception that
one is an isolated struggler in a world of foes, has initiated
a renaissance in the realisation of man being a unifying element
with all creation. The great medieval symbol, the Wheel of Fortune,
is once again turning, rekindling in the hearts of the minstrels
the desire to inform all of the eternal games that life playfully
Elster Silberflug is a consort for medieval and renaissance music,
and also for German folk music. since many years, we have been
playing on beautiful castles and maketplaces and in the concerthalls
of Germany and the surounding countries,
Music of the medieval wayfarer and vagabond.
Music which rang in the streets, markets and taverns of times
Music of the minstrel and the troubadour.
The essence of this epoch has been captured by the "Elsters"
since 1973, when we began our venture into the land of our musical
fore-fathers and the pursuiance, in their footsteps, of the minstrel
quest is to spread across Europe, through our music, tales of
the secrets of nature, of human aspiration and destination, the
vanity and fraility of human nature, the desires of the young
and the sceptisicism of the old, - always in mind, the imperishable
quality of love.
Our extensive repertoire includes songs written by the famous
minstrels of the time, - Walther v.d. Vogelweide and Neidhardt
v. Reuenthal, Saltarellos from early-medieval Italy, wild dance-tunes
danced to, by the countless peasants in the villages and towns
in central europe and many texts and melodies out of the great
historical song-book called "Carmina Burana". A collection
of worldly songs about love, drink, life, authorities, money and
Elster Silberflug sing in German, mittel-hoch-deutsch. Italian,
Spanish, French and English.
This year we will be travelling to many renaissance-fairs (mittelalter
Märkte) around Germany.
If you are in Europe, visit Elster Silberflug on one of the markets
and experience the real thing - a band of troubadours in colourfull
costumes, singing and entertaining the scores of visitors who
come to see, feel and hear the medieval-times......today!
If you want to order any of our CDs or have questions regarding
medieval-music in Europe, please contact