Ursula von der Leyen was said goodbye to the Great Tomb, the ceremony was on TV. Spectators were disturbed by a detail.
Update from September 16th: The darkness of the night had settled over the Bendlerblock in Berlin, the seat of the Federal Ministry of Defense. The place was illuminated mainly by the many torches, which were worn by soldiers of the Bundeswehr. The occasion: the big curfew on the occasion of the passing of Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. The highest military ceremony, in which the process is clearly regulated. The ARD broadcast the solemn act live on television – but already during the broadcast there was criticism on Twitter.
The heart of the tattoo is for many the performance of the pieces of music that the honoree may choose in advance (see below). The staff band did not have it easy with one of the three pieces. "Wind of Change" by the Scorpions provided some difficulties for the military musicians. Who wonders how the legendary whistling was implemented at the beginning of the song: a trumpet was used.
And instead of the lead guitar, there was a saxophone solo. But just this place caused displeasure in some users on Twitter. Just after the first notes of the solo are heard, you can hear commentator Oliver Köhr talking, at first quietly, then relatively loud. "There one plays the solo of his life and it is pure talking!", Writes a user on Twitter. Another: "Please do not chatter when the music is played!" The saxophone solo seems to occupy some users on Twitter: "Do you have to necessarily comment on the grandiose saxophone solo?" Or: "The only thing that has fallen out of the role is the moderator. "
In general, some tweets were found for the tattoo. Many of the tweets have a criticism of the comment in common.
– Mick (@ mcfisch901) August 15, 2019
Another user even brought up the question of another commentator – albeit with a certain wink: "Why does not Peter Urban comment on that?". The question could refer to the Eurovision Song Contest, commented on by Peter Urban for many years in the ARD.
Some even hinted at the remote control: "Who annoys the commentator on the ARD, best on ntv look, "it says
Who disturbs the commentator on the ARD, s.besten ntv look. #Zapfenstreich
– Smashjulian (@smashjulian) August 15, 2019
Also from the Leyen itself expressed on Twitter for the big tattoo. It was a special moment of gratitude and pride for her, the troupe and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer are a "good team". She also lost some words about her new role: "I will fight for Europe with all my might. For his values peace, human rights, strong democracies and a healthy planet. "
Zapfenstreich: Ursula von der Leyen adopted with a real rock classic
Update from August 15, 10:00 pm: The Bundeswehr has adopted the former Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) on Thursday evening with a big tattoo. The ceremony is the highest form of military honorary instruction of German soldiers. The new Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had them in appreciation of their predecessor.
Von der Leyen had resigned her post in mid-July after almost six years, after the European Parliament had confirmed her as the future President of the EU Commission. After 16 male incumbents, Leyen was the first woman to head the Department of Defense.
The scene of the tattoo in the evening was the Bendlerblock, the Berlin office of the Ministry of Defense. The ceremony has a tradition going back far into German military history and follows a fixed sequence of musical and military elements.
The ceremonial originated in its present form in the early 19th century during the Wars of Liberation, when the ritual was supplemented by a short evening song and then a prayer. The Bundeswehr's big curfew today consists of the "curls" of the minstrels, the appearance of the music corps and the mounted troops, a prayer and the national anthem.
Also personally selected pieces of music by the honoree will be played. Among other things, Leyens Wahl chose the hit "Wind of Change" by German rock band Scorpions.
Critics of the Great Tsunami see the military ceremonial in the immediate tradition of Prussian parades and Hitler's torch-trains and speak of a symbol of Prussian and German militarism.
Von der Leyen chooses a cult hit for Big Taps – Musician: "A Great Honor"
Update from August 15, 2019, 12:25 pm: After the big curfew this evening in Berlin (broadcast on Sunday evening, 21.45 clock in the first), Ursula von der Leyen leaves the capital and moves to Brussels in the office of EU Commission President. The big tattoo is the highest ceremonial of the Bundeswehr, which is held in the evening with soldiers and military music. The process is clearly regulated.
Among other things, the honoree may choose up to four songs, which are then played after the command "Serenade!".
Von der der Leyen chose among others the "Wind of Change" from the Scorpions. A song that is linked to the turn of the century for many Germans. Written by the cult-ballad of Scorpions singer Klaus Meine, which was released in 1990 and a year later became the number one hit in many countries.
Why did the Leyen choose this song? She certainly did not choose the song, because it is the hit of a band that, like her, comes from the Hanover region, says Meine Bild.de "The song still has a deeper meaning – especially for her new task at the head of the European Commission," said Meine. And: "It's a great honor". The musicians of the Bundeswehr would certainly do a good job and "bring the number cool".
In addition, the Bundeswehr musicians tonight will play "Ode to Joy". In an instrumental version, the piece by Ludwig van Beethoven is today the European anthem. It is not the first time that this piece has been used in a big tattoo. Helmut Kohl also opted for the piece known as the European anthem.
Big tattoo for Ursula von der Leyen: She wants to hear this song
First message: Berlin – The former Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen will be adopted by the Scorpions on Thursday at the big tattoo with "Wind of Change". The future EU Commissioner wished the Bundeswehr staff band a hit from the German reunification, as the German press agency learned from the Ministry of Defense. The rock band Scorpions comes from the Leyens Heimatregion Hannover.
In addition, the Stabsmusikkorps will play Mozart's medieval hymn "Ave Verum" and the European anthem "Ode an die Freude" from the ninth symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven at the ceremonial ceremony on Bendlerblock.
Three weeks ago, von der Leyen handed over her ministerial office to CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, after she had been elected EU Commission President. She will start her new office on November 1st.
These songs wished their predecessors for the big tattoo
The Great Curfew is the highest military ceremonial of the Bundeswehr, with the Federal Chancellor and Federal President are passed. The honorees may traditionally wish three or four songs, which are then played by the military band of the Bundeswehr.
Leyen's predecessor Thomas de Maizières had chosen "live is live" by the Austrian pop group Opus. The CSU politician Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said goodbye to his resignation as defense minister because of the plagiarism affair in 2011 with the rock classic "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.
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