Who or what is Fidelius?
Fidelius is a band of four musicians who are trying to make old music on
folk instruments. Fidelius is meant to be a window, a portal for people
who otherwise don’t get in touch with history. We want to arouse their
curiosity in history and we don’t want to lose it ourselves, of course.
What kind of music do you play?
On the one hand, we are open to all kinds of folk music we hear, as often
a great number of these pieces of music is much older than assumed. On
the other hand, you will also find us in libraries, looking for pieces
that are very rarely played or that have not been interpreted yet. At
present, we are working at translating and arranging some Sorbian folk
songs. But a lot of ideas are also our own.
What is actually medieval about you?
Certainly not the music we play! And one can assume that there are only
very few bands perfoming medieval music who are closer to the original
than we are.
Do you know such a band?
Sequentia, for example, but this type of music is meant for connoisseurs
and not for a wider audience. We do not aim at making authentic music,
we want to arrange old music and folk music on natural instruments in
such a way that something new is created that is in keeping with the times.
Medieval about us are, for example, our clothes. That is, we differ from
some of our colleagues in the field of medieval music who wear leather
skirts and heavy boots on stage and who tell the audience that chastity
belts were worn back then and that pyres were burning everywhere. Each
of us sews his own clothing, shoes included. The cloth we use, its colours
and how it is woven reflects medieval techniques and textiles. The cuts
and patterns are taken from current research (and by that, we don’t
Do you think that the audience notices such details?
Well, this depends on the visitor. But even if they do not notice the
difference consciously, they will see that a colourful dress for belly-dancing
looks much more modern than our walnut-brown wool clothes. And if people
get interested in our shows, they often come with a lot of questions afterwards
– and this is the best sign, that we could get our message across.
Even if this wasn’t the case, we would still dress ourselves the
way we do, it is our approach to the Middle Ages. If we only went on stage,
put on a costume and “played the Middle Ages”, what would
be the appeal in that?
Do you see yourselves as “artists” or rather as “historians
Surely not as artists. Artists are people wearing blue scarves, and some
of them may be artists indeed. We would probably call ourselves musicians,
but to some extent we are historians as well.
What are your plans for the future?
We have expanded our fleet of vehicles considerably, improved our stage-decorations
and worked on our show "böser Leute unnutz Kinder", which
will be soon captured on CD and released worldwide in 2006.