“There, where you are not, there is happiness!” This phrase comes at the end of one of the most famous songs by Franz Schubert, Der Wanderer dating from 1816. “I am a stranger everywhere”, admits a man who comes from the mountains and now that he has arrived at the seashore, he breaks out in song. “…where you are not…” that is the brief form of a longing that determines our love until today; it occurs in songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Mahler.
Franui, the ten musicians from the small village of Innervillgraten in East Tyrol approach Romantic music with their incomparable constellation of sounds, reveal the sources of inspiration from folk music and yet remain in the present. “Our musical venues”, noted the musicians in Franui early on in their 25-year career, “are the cemetery and the dance floor. In both cases a right-angled surface is at the centre of attention.” They also repeatedly undertook excursions to the local music pavilion. On one occasion a famous lied recitalist was announced but he didn’t find the entrance to the valley. “And so we had to do everything ourselves.”