“Music is important for society”
Simon Haitzmann is a bandmaster and teaches Folk Music in Lofer
Whereas you hear more classical music in the City of Salzburg, in Pinzgau you hear more folk music. In the town of Lofer, deep in the mountains, residents are just as music-loving as in the city, their songs however sound a little different.
Simon Haitzmann is a music teacher and bandmaster of the local brass music band. He lives for music and loves it as well. “My wife is a singer”, he laughs, “so I also often have to enjoy classical music”. However, that is not the usual case as for Haitzmann, folk music is at the forefront. Together with his music comrades, he can be found at many occasions in the region and accompanies the whole Pinzgau life – from baptism to marriage to burial.
Simon Haitzmann also takes care of the offspring. As a music teacher, he helps the girls and boys to learn their instruments, to master performances and thus facilitates their entry into the band. With this, he and his colleagues are very successful. In Lofer and the surrounding area many residents play a musical instrument.
We now take another perspective and talk to Stefanie, a music student who plays the clarinet. She started with it because her friend was learning the same instrument and it inspired her. What does she like about music? That is brings people together – at events in the village, for example. That’s where she meets friends and they all make music together.
By the way – Mozart is also a term even in Lofer, just under 45 kilometres away from the City of Salzburg. “I know that Mozart rode through Lofer,” laughs Stefanie. And she’s right! Together with his father, Leopold, our “Wolfie” paid a visit to this town in Pinzgau. The two of them found accommodation with the Guardian of Lofer. In an inn, they had a good soup and cocoa, as Leopold Mozart noted. The next day, they continued onto St. Johann in Tyrol. To commemorate their visit, there is a marble plaque in the village.