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A walk at Karluv Most (Charles Bridge) in Prague:
Petra Ester Kahle
playing the acoustical guitar
The Charles Bridge NOW. You can watch the reconstruction at a steerable webcam.
Charles Bridge (Karluv most)It is one of the most peaceful places on earth, the Charles Bridge (Karluv Most, Pont Charles, Karlsbruecke, Puente Carlos, Karelsbrug and so on) in Prague, Czech Republic, over the river Vltava (Moldau), between the Old Town and Prazsky Hrad (Prague Castle); 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide with 30 historical statues. Building is said to be started in 1357 on the 9th day of the 7th month at 5:31 AM. King Charles IV of the Holy Roman Empire (1316-1378) chose this time so that when one writes out the opening time, they write the sequence of odd numbers, 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1.
The Charles Bridge is one of the touristic main attractions of Prague. Daily a crowd of (ten?)thousands of people is enjoying the pleasant atmosphere, created by the sculptures, the river and dozens of artists.
The Swedes at the Charles Bridge try to enter the old city of Prague in 1648. (Picture Wikipedia) >
It was not always so peaceful. During the end of the Thirty Years' War in 1648, the Swedes occupied the west bank of Vltava and as they tried to advance into the Old Town, the heaviest fights spread out right on the bridge, damaging the Old Town Bridge tower.
Artists at the Charles Bridge"I don't really know: is that bridge nicer during the day or during the night?", was the comment of Nina from Serbia. "First I came at daytime and I thought: I can't believe how amazing that bridge is! Although it was crowded I can say the bridge is a very romantic place and I was lucky to see a bride and groom taking pictures there ... very, very romantic. Then at night he was in dark, quiet and beautiful... I cannot even describe that feeling inside me, I was overwhelmed."
Take a bath in the crowd and make a walk at the bridge along painters and a puppet player, listen wonderful dixie music and admire a man playing the glass harp at wine glasses. Sometimes there are even streakers there.
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1. Francisco Tarrega: Gran Vals (2'58) | 2. Do you know? Mail me (0'47) | 3. Isaac Albeniz: Asturias (5'30)
Next day my feet wanted to go to the Charles Bridge. The guitar player was at the same place again. I am sure one of the melodies was the Spanish folksong Romance (video 4 and 5) - I cannot discern Bach from Paganini, but later on that melody came back in my memory. Another was The Third Man, I just heard many times in Vienna (of course).
My third and last day in Prague I had to go to the bridge. And yes, there she was! The evening, the decorum, the music: this was unforgettable!
4. Romance (Spanish folksong) (0'56) | 5. Romance (demonstrated in the background) (2.'37) | 6. Leo Brouwer: Etudes Simple no. 6 (1'45)
First afternoon: nothing. Evening: nothing. Next day: nada. Third (and last) evening: there she was! At her feet was a card with the permit to perform at the bridge. Her name: Petra Kahle.
Again I listened for a long time. Again she played wonderful melodies. It was a memorable evening. It completed my wonderful holidays (but outside the bridge I escaped a robbery in the tram).
7. Francesco Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra played at the Charles Bridge (4'29) and in Cesky Krumlov (4'19)
Petra Ester KahleBack home I googled for her name. I found an engineer in Dresden, an environmental specialist in Rostock and a confectioner in Niederwiesa near Chemnitz in Germany that bakes 'Köstliches aus Sachsen' (sounds delicious) - should one of them in her holidays...? But Google didn't know nothing about a guitar player in Prague.
From time to time I tried again. Then, suddenly, somewhere in 2007, YouTube had a video with 'classic guitar' at the Charles Bridge (video 2). She was, no doubt, Petra Kahle.
8. Manuel de Falla: dance from opera "La vida breve" (4'20) | 9. Francisco Tarrega: Gran Vals (3'57) | 10. Goodbye: E. Pujol: El Albejorro (0'42)
12. Prague (views bij Eghead), at a slow performance of the Spanish folksong 'Romance', played by Petra Ester Kahle >
Since, the results at Google and YouTube were improving. I learned her complete name is Petra Ester Kahle. She comes from Brno and is studying classical guitar at the prestigeous Prague Conservatory. She performs regular promenade concerts on the Charles Bridge and gives recitals at gallery openings and other events as a solo artist and with small groups. Petra also loves folk, ragtime and jazz, as well as composing her own music.
Images of PragueIt's time to leave the Charles Bridge (video 10) and visit some of the other highlights of the Golden City. Let the beautiful pictures in 'Prague' of Eghead (video 11), accompanied by the guitar music of Petra Ester Kahle, inspire you.
Petra now in LondonSince 2009 Petra continues her study in London, at the Trinity College of Music and Dance. She can be booked for solo concerts and with her quintet 'The Kamikaze Orchestra. More information, like her agenda, at her website PetraKahle.com.
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since September 9, 2008
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