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Subject: Bernd Witthuser, Italian musician

Dead at 73
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Date Posted: Sunday, August 06, 12:00:14pm


SCANSANO. It is difficult to pronounce the name Bernd Witthuser if you live in Murci. But in that borough surrounded by woods and countryside, chosen as a buen retiro by many artists, who was that German who for 40 years had not lost his accent, everyone knew it. Also because for those who have lived the golden years of Italian television, that of the late 70s and of the "Other Sunday" by Renzo Arbore, Barnelli was the fellow guitarist Otto. Barnelli died the night between Thursday and Friday at the hospital in Grosseto, where he had been hospitalized two weeks ago. A room of Mercy to make him last residence, after Bernd, who was 73, had spent all his life in the woods, playing in the street. He was one of the buskers who lived in the Murci countryside, where he had just arrived in 1977. He fell in love with the music so much that he was overjoyed and trusted his friends to hear only what he had written and played. Beloved of so many women, collected one behind the other in his life, beer and art.

His career in Italy began with Hans Otto Richter, a few years younger violinist. The two, after some musical experiences in the mid - 1970s, meet and decide to form the duo Otto and Barnelli, playing in the streets of ' Europe before arriving in Italy.

In addition to the two main instruments, violin and guitar, bells clamped on the hat and ankles, percolated with a knife attached to the elbow the muzzle placed on the back and playing the trumpet and kazoo. And it was not uncommon, at least until three years ago, to find Barnelli riding his bike with the bump behind, headed to Rome where he continued to perform every weekend.

The two buskers were then discovered by Renzo Arbore, who saw them during a performance at a festival in Arcidosso: on Amiata were written to present comic-music sketches in his Sunday afternoon program, "The Other Sunday" Then from 1976 to 1979 on Rai 2.

In 1980 they performed in the film "Il pap'occhio", together with their comrades, with the direction of Renzo Arbore; In a Barnelli scene, dressed as a Cardinal, he calls Otto, dressed as a priest, on the stage saying "Come on, clove," parodying the celebrated De Fratelli's joke.

In the following years, they continued their activities in a lesser way until they returned to the movies in 1985 in the film "Inganni" directed by Luigi Faccini.

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