...but simply because they do this every year in the summer, and it happened to be on the 6th of July this year:
Fireworks above Ludwigsburg.
The palace and palace grounds are used for many fêtes, festivals and celebrations almost all year round, and the July fireworks is one of the most beautiful ones. What is really special about this event is not only the beautiful setting in the palace grounds - it looks stunning, fireworks above and against the backdrop of the palace - but also that the fireworks are timed to music. Each and every bang of them!
Maybe some of you know that a German composer, Georg Friedrich Händel, composed "Feuerwerksmusik" for his then employer, King George II of England. That music was composed and performed to match a fireworks display in 1748.
The musical fireworks held every summer in my home town naturally have been set to that music, too, but there is a different musical theme every year. This year it was selected pieces from Verdi's most famous operas, one year it was a Hollywood theme with bits like the main theme from the Harry Potter movies, another year it was Ravel's "Bolero", and one year the theme was "Glam Rock", featuring T-Rex, Abba and others.
This year, I had completely forgotten
about the event and was having a quiet night in after the community
summer fest described in my previous post. Only when, some time after
10.00 pm, I heard the first loud BANG from the direction of the town
center, I remembered that it was fireworks' night.
watched it all from my kitchen window - well, what I was able to see
above the buildings and trees between my house and the palace grounds.
And I even managed to take a few pictures that did not turn out so bad!
Twenty minutes or so later, it was over, and while I was sorry for not having been there, I was still glad that I had at least caught some of it.