City of Song
Cities have stories of their own. Heidelberg has one that most others don’t: Heidelberg is a city of song. And that story reads very much like a history of vocal music, from the Codex Manesse in the Middle Ages, the publication of “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” (The Youth’s Magic Horn) in the 19th century and the arrival of the “Zupfgeigenhansl” in the early 20th century to the evolution of a new folk-song movement and the emergence of German hip-hop. It all happened here. The city must have a singing gene in its make-up.