Music in Vienna

My pre-Vienna research did not reveal any operas that I wanted to see, nor did I find out any information on a Vienna Philharmonic concert during our stay. I did, however, order tickets to hear a Friday afternoon concert by the Vienna Boys Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben) at their new location. When I heard the choir years ago, they performed in the Hofburg Palace, but a few years ago this new venue opened.

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I found out a few things about this famous institution. There are four sub-choirs, and the boys, aged 10-14, live at the boarding school. They travel extensively. I did not know that Franz Schubert, the great composer of Lieder (songs) was a Sängerknaben member.

We very much enjoyed the concert which featured all kinds of music from Renaissance to Disney. There’s nothing like hearing boys singing Let it Go from Frozen…. They also performed a series of folk songs from around the world, and for the second half they were accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

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Not exactly a concert, we did get to hear the lovely bird sounds just outside of Heiligenstadt where Beethoven lived. He enjoyed walking through the woods where he would listen to nature and jot down musical ideas. Heiligenstadt was also the place where he wrote his famous testament about his increasing deafness and the suffering it caused him.

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Wienerwald

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Copy of the Heiligenstadt Testament

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Beethoven House (one of them, anyway)

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One Beethoven statue at Beethovenruhe (Beethoven’s Rest)

We walked by Mozart’s house just a few short blocks from the St. Stephen’s Cathedral (where he was married, had his children baptized, and was appointed adjunct music director just before his death).

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We walked right past Mozart’s house the first time. Signage not very prominent.

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Mozart statue in the Burggarten.

Various other musical sites:

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The glorious Staatsoper

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Vienna’s version of the Walk of Fame.

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Annoying people dressed up selling concert tickets.

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Many tourists had their pictures taken with Johann Strauss.

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Haydn’s last house. It was just a few blocks from where we stayed.

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