Tonight, the eve of the feast of St. Walburga (Walpurga), it is said that the witches of Germany gather on the Brocken, a mountain in the Harz. The night is held by many in Europe to be uncanny, for various reasons. Modest Mussorgsky wrote a tone-poem about this, “The Night on the Bare Mountain.”


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    • Not in the original Russian. Traditionally the title gets translated as “Bald Mountain,” as the name of a place, but the sources I’ve read say it is closer to “on the bare mountain.” Which describes the Brocken – it is above the tree line, and has a goodly amount of bare stone visible.

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