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And now, we shall present to you Richard Strauss’s famous work, Till Eulenspiegel. Now the title character was an old, German folk hero, as well as one of the first Satirical Characters. Till loved to pull pranks on everybody he could meet and even searched through all of Germany for a town, that was completely sane, just so he can descend it into chaos. His favorite targets were of the higher classes and of others that many were displeased of; not because of any heroic gestures, but because people wouldn’t mind if something bad were to happen to them.
0:00 Icarus Schultz was walking through the forest in order to collect some firewood. He was ordered by his mother to take an apprenticeship to a honey merchant, and he reluctantly agreed. The beehive merchant was cruel and took his playful dreams to be nothing more than that of a child. It is for him that he is sent to capture firewood. Icarus really didn’t want the job at all, but instead wanted a position that the entire town, nay the entire country, looked down upon: the position of a clown.
0:16 While he was gathering the logs, he noticed a golden ring with an owl crest flickering within the water. Having his curiosity incited, he dropped his cargo and went forward to the water to acquire the ring.
0:25 Curious, he put on the ring and next found himself 10 feet into the air!
0:30 Though he was understandably shocked by the endeavor, he recomposed himself and quickly gotten control of his aerial skills.
0:40 When he mastered his flight, he put 2 of his fingers on top his forehead and wiped the sweat. When the sweat flew off and onto the tree, the branch that made contact has melted away. He tried pointing the 2 fingers onto another tree, thinking of a piece of pie. When the experiment succeeded he realized that he could use those fingers to make items bend to his will.
0:58 Having returned to the shop with the firewood for his master, he acquired permission to retire into his room.
1:16 Within his room, he placed upon himself the jester’s costume he has secretly saved from the fire, and made his escape to fulfill his comedic dream! He was Icarus Schultz no more; Now he was the terrible trickster, Till Eulenspiegel!
1:40 His first order of laughter was within Brandenburg, towards a group of prim and proper tailors who refused to do service to anyone who is not as they perceive to be the higher class. Anyone who entered that did not live up to their standards was jeered at by the group and rudely thrown out.
1:58 Knowing that the there will be a swine festival tomorrow, Till Eulenspiegel set to work in preparing his trap. While avoiding being seen, he silently weakened the pillars of the tailor’s building just enough so that it may stand without major disruption. Now all that remains is to wait until the next day when the plan shall be sprung into action.
2:16 That day, sure enough has arrived, and the tailor boys have set up their shop as the big event is about to commence. Eulenspiegel has hidden the damage so perfectly that none of them suspected what was to happen.
2:48 The trumpets have sounded and the big event has begun as every swine within the cage has been released. As the pork scrambled to move about, they were lead to where they were to be butchered. Now along that path the tailor’s headquarters were placed and the pigs furiously plowed through the weak pillars, collapsing the building and catapulting the tailors into the town square, where they are ridiculed, muddied and nude due to the broken wood tearing their clothes off.
3:14 After having his lion’s share of the ridicule (and even starting it), he got up from a roof and stealthily flew off, as it won’t be long before the tailors find out who was responsible for this.
3:32 His next business was in Bremen, where the milkmaids were crude and cranky while selling there milk. Among them was a lovely young girl named Lamme Goedzak. And oh, how the other milkmaids jeered at her for being a novice at the trade, as well as being kind to the customers.
3:42 When Till entered the town, he thought to himself “trouble thy name is Till Eulenspiegel!” Casually he walked up to the milkmaid market using gold coins which he had “borrowed” from a couple of robbers, he offered to the kind ladies to buy up ALL of the milk within the town. Lamme was the only one who didn’t take his offer, instead decided to slink away calmly, suspecting that something was up.
4:02 As each of the milkmaids poured their milk into the barrel so that they can collect the gold, Till marked each EXACT amount with chalk.
4:14 As the milkmaids came out to work the next day, they noticed one thing they should have before. Almost all of the milk has been bought by the jester who wasn’t even drinking it. And what’s even worse was all of the customers were flocking to Lamme’s shop, as she was the only provider.
4:25 When Till went into the town square, the milkmaids were prepared to shout at him to return the milk. However, the clown stopped them himself, proclaiming that they will have their milk back for the gold given. However, they were only to take the exact amount back!
4:32 Furious, the milkmaids charged at the barrel, clawing and battling each other in order to be first to regain their dairy. The battling was so furious it toppled the large barrel, flooding the town and soaking the crude milkmaids to tears.
4:42 And lo, all of the abused villagers laughed upon the now humiliated milk maids. Lamme was one of the villagers who laughed the loudest. Of course the targets were furious at Till Eulenspiegel but they were too humiliated and miserable to have at him. So much so they did not notice the chuckling clown collecting his gold and then running off.
4:56 Lamme was able to communicate privately with the trickster before he left. She thanked him for showing the stingy farmer’s maidens what-for and asked him why he did such things. To that question, he answered “because he enjoys being a clown”.
5:20 As with that he flew away, leaving Lamme staring with wonder.
5:25 For his next prank, he stopped by Braunschwig and employed himself as an apprentice to a baker who being arrogant about his work, was incredibly lazy and snobbery with any who try to question his methods. And to top it all off, though it was his workers who did the work, not only did he take all of the credit for it, but he charged ridiculous prices for it to be sold. Needless to say, the baker was the next mark
5:34 While Till was working, the baker decided to go have his usual naps, leaving the clown to do all of the work. Till kindly asked what he should be making. Infuriated and annoyed by the stupid question, he sarcastically suggested he make owls and monkeys out of bread before storming off.
5:40 Seeing this as his opportunity, the jester used his powers and did just that, quietly making a countless amount of owls and monkeys while his boss was asleep.
5:52 After he was finished, he put all of the breads into the master’s basket and flew off into the corner, where he sold all of the pieces for a low price. Unsurprisingly, the customers were amazed by the new development and flocked to Till to buy his work.
6:28 The lazy baker, having finished his nap, decided to reenter his kitchen to check up on his apprentice. He of course was amazed to find his kitchen in a mess and his apprentice gone with the basket.
6:40 Not taking long to put it together, he realized that his employee has stolen from him. He quickly rushed outside but found out he was too late. All of the bread has been sold to the public. It was such a hot seller, he even lost the basket to the people. He broke down from the realization that the clown humiliated him while the spoken devil himself laughed in silent, before running off.
6:58 Within the distance, a legion of armored warriors gallop forward on their black steeds. Leading them is the Earl of Luenburg, who has secretly betrayed Germany to its enemies and has now prepared to make its move.
7:18 Ready to strike, he uses his army to launch an attack upon Braunschwig, ultimately conquering it. The townspeople were to distracted by their good fortune upon the baker to see the battalion coming their way. His attack was mostly met without resistance, though those who attempted to drive him out were quickly silenced.
8:05 Now stopping by one of the most prestigious universities in Erfurt, Till Eulenspiegel decided to pull some of his pranks upon the elitist students present.
8:20 after sneaking past the students on patrol and ensuring that the kennels are cleared, he slithered into the barn where the donkeys were.
8:44 After reaching the stables, he used his powers to hypnotize the donkeys and give them singing voices, while making sure they were the worst vocalists ever. While under his power, the jackasses sang horrible tunes so awful that the devil would ask Till to turn it down.
9:12 As soon as the students and faculty realized what was going afoul, they rushed to the pens and tried with all of their might to silence the mules. But alas, The donkeys were not only instructed to keep on singing, but to imagine anyone who tried to stop them as a carrot. What resulted was pain and chaos, as the clown laughed and went on his way.
9:38 While he was flying away, he noticed several soldiers, all of whom under the Earl’s command, attacking the villagers. Thinking they were just abusive soldiers and wanting to have more fun, he decided to make them his next target.
9:50 While to soldiers were busy with their abusing power, Till snuck into the camp of the soldiers and stole one of the horns while memorizing the signal for emergency.
10:02 He then flew out into the towns outskirts and tooted the horn with the greatest volume and with the utmost urgency
10:12 The plan worked and as expected, the soldiers from both the camp and the town came upon horseback weapons a-ready. Meanwhile our comedian silently slipped past the incoming group and made his way into the camp.
10:24 While the army was busy with the distraction, Till Eulenspiegel helped himself to the delicious food and stole as much gold as his pockets could carry.
10:50 When the furious army started coming into view, Till took his chance to make an escape. Unfortunately the soldiers had good eyes and, when spotting him flying, changed course to pursue the object of their anger.
11:00 As soon as the archers came into range, they were given orders to fire at will. They did so with an arrow to the knee being enough to down the flying jester.
11:12 When he hit the ground, the wicked army wasted no time in binding him and dragging him via horseback to take him to their leader
11:25 As they were entering the came, Till regained enough strength to break free from his bonds and began to fly again.
11:30 Unfortunately it wouldn’t be long after before was staring face to face with the Earl of Leurenburg, whose countenance was plenty to fill our protagonist with fear.
11:35 Seeing himself intrigued by the new power discovered, he grabbed a morning star mace from one of his soldiers and challenged him to a duel.
11:50 Though he was given a mighty sword to defend himself, he tried desperately to call of the match and be granted allowance to leave. Unfortunately the Earl was too bloodthirsty to hear any of his pleas, and the clown was condemned to merely dodge until he can either convince him or find an opening.
12:22 Suddenly, Lamme, who was visiting a nearby town when news reached to her about an invading force, came slowly out of hiding. She originally intended to just see if the rumors were true. Being immediately spotted by the Earl, he called her a spy and lunged forward to punish her for it.
12:32 Till, raising a hand to plead for the girl, accidentally shot a beam from his hand that pierced the head of the evil noble.
12:40 Looking back, he smiled, having gained respect for this clown for defeating him. Within seconds of making this grin, he fell down and perished with his wicked deeds.
12:50 In a silence, the soldiers with him laid down their weapons, abandoned their cause and fled for their lives.
13:00 Horrified with what he has done, he turned away from the female friend he made at Bremen, and flew away to a distant forest. After all, though he did some terrible things to mean people and caused great pain, he never really wanted to take a life.
13:10 Within this forest, he climbed into a tree, threw off the ring and cap, and curled up in a ball crying.
13:44 As he was wallowing in his misery, news was spread, from and by Lamme, to other parts of Germany, how the clown, Till Eulenspiegel saved her and destroyed Germany’s treacherous invaders. Though many persons, some being his targets, rejected this claim of ridiculousness, the better part of Germany began hailing him as a savior.
14:12 While Icarus was napping in the tree, having cried himself to sleep, he began to hear faint noises he found so interesting that he woke up from his slumber. It didn’t take long for him to discover that the people were chanting for him, much to his shock.
14:26 He then looked down on the jester’s cap and the magic ring, both of which were recently discarded. After some thought, he realized that though he did not become a clown, he became something better. Icarus Schultz became a hero.
14:38 Having reassured himself what he really wanted to do, he climbed down from the tree and refitted himself with the accessories. Reclaiming the name “Till Eulenspigel” once more, he flew off into the air to protect Germany, ending this piece.
And now we will be taking a fifteen minute intermission
sorry that it took so long guys