The city of music…

Jul 2, 2007 by

Vienna is definitely a city full of music. From street musicians, the names of streets, the statues, and the concerts, music is everywhere (even the Lippizaner stallions morning exercises were set to the music of famous classica composers from Vienna).

Here I a with one a statue of Mozart (and Jan, from my Intrepid group). I loved the treble cleff done in flowers – Joel, can we do that in weeds in our backyard?

Also, I stopped at the Mozart House museum yesterday (an apartment in Vienna where Mozart lived for 2 years, his most productive composing time).

In the evening, my concert-going kharma seemed to balance out, as I chose to attend the Salonorchestra concert (and 5 of my group members tagged along), and even though we bought the cheapest seats, we were seated in the 3rd row. The concert included many pieces from Vienna composers, the chamber orchestra was excellent and played without the aide of a conductor. There were opera pieces, waltzes (complete with dancers) and… I did get to hear Eine Kleine Nachtmusik performed in Vienna (which was the only one I can play myself).

We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I would highly recommend this performance to anyone else visiting Vienna. Some of the concerts that were being advertised looked pretty hokey. I am glad this concert turned out well, as everyone else was going based on my choice (I being the only one who played a classical instrument). We could see the expressions on the singer’s faces and see the lead violinist conduct the group with head and bow movements.

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  1. ohiochemengr

    Your Viennese travel guide prompted me to listen to a little 1 minute 34 second, 24KB MIDI version of Mozart’s “A Little Night Music” (that I had on my first Mac from 1994). OK, at 24KB it’s pretting tinny sounding, and I guess it’s pretty far removed from hearing it played live by a chamber orchestra in Vienna, but hey, I’m with you in spirit!

  2. Maria H. Andersen

    It is also nice to have all of you tagging along “in spirit” – it keeps me writing, which means I won’t have forgotten the whole trip when I return home!

  3. Deepthi

    WOW!! I’ve always wanted to visit Salzburg. A new (UW) Math faculty member from Germany brought along his Salzburg born grad student with him. The guy had grown up in Salzburg but NEVER visited the Mozart museum. Can you believe it??? If I lived in that town I’d take up any job in the Mozart museum during school breaks – unpacking boxes in the gift shop, cleaning, weeding the yard … anything! I’ve always wondered why the building looked like an apartment complex – I expected the Mozart museum to be a house. Your blog has enlightened me!!

    OK, there’s a second reason I’ve wanted to visit Austria – for the tortes. Did you have any? Did you at least see any pastry shops with delicious goodies made of farm fresh ingredients?

  4. Topher

    We watched a movie called Copying Beethoven the other night, and it reminded us of you. It was a pretty good flick, a fictional account of a young female copyist who went to work copying the score of the 9th and her interaction with Beethoven.

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