Photographer's Note

St Jacobs church at Schwabstedt is one of these small Northern European fieldstone churches of Romanesque date, built app. in the year 1160. It is located very close to a big round barrow, called the 'Glockenberg', since the churchs bell tower was put up on the top of this barrow. This is one remarkable feature of St. Jacobs church. Another one is the storks nest on its roof because these birds have become quite rare in Schleswig-Holstein. Schwabstedt (a village of app. 1200 inhabitants) is situated in the flood plains of the river Treene, a landscape that offers very good living conditions for storks.
The signs of reconstruction and preservation on the building that verge on cuteness are remarkable too.
All over the world St. Jacobs church is famous for Nicolaus Bruhns (1665, Schwabstedt March 29, 1697, Husum), one of the greatest organists and composers of his time who studied with Dietrich Buxtehude. With his help, he received a post as violinist and composer at the court in Copenhagen. He tragically died very early (sources disagree on whether he was 31 or 32 at the time). Although primarily an organist, he had many musical talents; sometimes he took his violin up to the organ loft and played with such power that it sounded like two, three or more instruments at once. Thus he would realize the upper parts on the violin while his feet played an appropriate bass on the pedals!

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