Sunday, July 22.
Holy Eucharist at Christ Church, Vienna. Salad and dessert at Cafe Schwarzenberg. Visit to Central Cemetery. Walk in the city center. Organ recital at the Jesuitenkirche. Dinner at a bräu in Spittelberg.
Vienna is drizzly tonight.
I had visited the pantheon of composer graves at Zentral Friedhof in 2008, but today I journeyed there again, by tram, to pay respects.
Here are the minor people I found today:
For the biggies, I sang a bit of their music at each of their gravesites, hoping to leave in the air a little of them for others to hear, and hoping that somehow my brief song-offering would be an appropriate “vielen dank” for each of them.
- Beethoven: the opening motive of the Eroica Sympony
- Schubert: “Ave Maria”
- Brahms: “Mainacht” and “Wie bist du, meine Königen”
- Strauss: the opening melody of the first waltz from Tales of the Vienna Woods
- Wolf: “Verborgenheit”
- von Suppe: part of the Poet and Peasant overture
- Gluck: “Che faro senza Euridice”
And I must say that singing a bit of Beethoven at his grave sent me into a brief fit of weepiness.