Story & History

The year 1416: Tirol's Duke Friedrich IV knew that he must flee. From Constance via Bludenz, Kaunertal and Widum he finally reached the Ötztal as Friedl of the Empty Pockets. In Vent he found a hiding place at the Rofenhöfe farms...

The story

600 years ago, at the age of twenty, Friedrich married a German lady from the Palatinate. Protected by Vienna's authorities, he was appointed Duke of Tirol. Somehow one can imagine that this was not a good idea. The old-established local noblemen offered resistance, believing that this young guy was easy prey for them.

In 1416 Friedrich struggles against the noble families. Searching for alliances in the local inns, he found rich freemen and farmers fighting against the mighty castle owners and noblemen's unions - like the Falcons or the Elephants. At least he asked the pope for help, unfortunately it was the wrong one. Pope John XXIII was to have a brief reign before all powers were taken away from him in Constance. As a consequence Friedrich, his supporter and conspirator, was officially banned from both the Empire and the Church.

Friedrich escapes from Constance. As "Friedl of the Empty Pockets" he reached the Ötztal valley after a long journey via Bludenz, Kaunertal, Widum and Vent. Accompanied by his most faithful friend Hans von Mülinen, he found shelter at the Rofenhöfe farms. Friedl still had to hide and tried to flee across Niederjoch with the help of local sheep farmers several times.

In Meran he finally could return to politics, succeeding in his attempt to rule over Tirol again. He transferred his official residence from Meran back to the northern part of Tirol - close to the country's silver and salt mines. Thanks to his alliances with farmers and tradesmen this was the beginning of an incredible economic upturn owed to Archduke Friedrich.

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Very often film music and theater music focus unconsciously on emotional aspects provided by pictures and sounds. Sometimes they also appear in texts, especially when artists act together with music. No matter which kind of music - be it popular music, folk music, farmer's songs, sacred music or pastoral songs - "Friedl" takes advantage of all facets. On the one hand you have a truly breathtaking atmosphere coupled with a very special sound score transmitted via top modern microports. On the other hand visitors indulge in the story and the region's history with the help of musical elements made with real instruments and songs performed live (lute, oboe, drum, singers). Quite far away or very near, the scenes change permanently while your mind has enough time to create your own installation. Machaut, Perotin, Wolkenstein, Josquin, Anonymi

Language and Text

The original Middle High German language can be found only in selected scenes. Most of the text is in typical Ötztal dialect (declared Intangible Cultural Heritage) and standard German.