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The Cologne carnival season will open on Saturday, August 5, with a street carnival on the Heumarkt. The Cologne carnival season begins on Friday, September 1, when around 70,000 carnivalists flock to the Hay Market to celebrate the opening of the Cologne "Carnival Season."

If you don't hear the happy "German carnival songs" that resound from the loudspeakers everywhere, you're not in Cologne. German music is played in the streets of Cologne, while people celebrate, dance and party with schnapps and beer. If I feel like listening to classical music, I go to the Stadtbahnhof, the Cologne Symphony Orchestra or one of the many opera houses.

The Concerto Koln stands for outstanding interpretations of early music and at the same time upholds the tradition of making it an integral part of the repertoire of the Cologne Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra's specialty in contemporary music dates back many years and includes composers such as Hans-Karlheinz Stockhausen, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Schubert. The own electronic music studio of WDR, which Stockausen directed for many years, helped Cologne to establish itself as a centre for contemporary music. Secondly, Stockau's work, which has long been considered the most important and integrative figure of form, has helped electronic music to gain international prestige.

The language and technique of early electronic music can be found in all of his works, including in the years 1955 - 56 and 1957, as well as in his work with the Cologne Symphony Orchestra. The music of Stockau and his collaborators, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert, is just as radical and virtuosic.

Celebrations took place on streets, squares, in restaurants and pubs that remained open throughout the entire Cologne Carnival. The lyrics were distributed to the public to enrich the long singing sessions that took place in bars and restaurants throughout the city and before the beginning of the carnival, and to encourage them to create new pieces of music. Stockhausen's tuning (1968) and tuning, six of which were composed for singer and microphone, contain lyrics such as "Have fun, have fun" and "I am the most popular."

In coordination with Cologne, Hamburg and Bonn, the annual festival created an intimate atmosphere in which new music was appreciated and the city brought together. Concerto Koln presented a new program of rediscovered works to the audience as part of the concert series AfterWorkClassix. TÜV Rheinland supported this by offering concerts in the hive for young listeners from zero to two years. They performed Bach's Mass in B minor at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and gave concerts for younger listeners (aged zero to two) in Cologne and Hamburg.

We were lucky enough to visit the old town of Cologne, which gives us an insight into what Cologne would have looked like before the war. We visited the Belgian Quarter, which is perhaps the most fashionable place in Cologne and is filled with great bars, shops and restaurants. There are also many bars where you can enjoy a drink and a relaxing evening while playing ping pong or simply listening to the music dished up by the various DJs. The best acts of the carnival had their concerts in the city centre and in the old town.

Besides the exciting musical show we could compile a list of our favourite songs from Fasnet, which we will share with you in our next post.

Cologne is in a great location, because you can always see the city on the edge of the Rhineland-Palatinate mountains, only a few kilometres from Berlin. Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) is the second largest airport in Germany after Cologne / Stuttgart Airport, with many international and national flights. Bus Cologne has an international bus station on Wroclaw Square, which offers direct buses to Denmark and Serbia every day. There are also numerous bus stations in Cologne, such as in the cities of Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Bremen and St. Pauli.

Many international students live in Cologne, and many carnival bands have written and produced their own carnival songs over the years. The city also hosts the second largest folk festival in the world, the Cologne Carnival, with over 1,000 festivals per year. This cheerful folk-rock song expresses everything that is extremely important in Cologne. It has a very catchy melody, sung with the local Kosch accent, but also with a strong sense of humor and a good rhythm to it.

Gabriela Hopf is 24 years old and comes from Brazil and studies German and Romance languages and literature in Cologne. Stockhausen studied at the University of Cologne from 1950 to 1953 with his friend and colleague, the composer Friedrich Schiller. After his return to Cologne in 1953, he joined the celebrated electronic music studio "Kollektronik," where he was artistic director from 1953 to 1961.

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