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Euro18: the wanderweg

Stadtwanderweg.  Literally, ‘city walking path.’

We’d call it a walking trail, or a greenway.

Friday was the walking path day.

J.P. and Sylvie met me at 2 p.m. at the Staatsoper, and we wandered the First District of Vienna for 2.5 hours.  Along the way, as mentioned in my previous post, we saw important sites for us classical musicians.  And sometimes we just sniffed the air for the DNA of what is left of events that took place 200+ years ago.

The Festsaal at the old university.

Particularly powerful for me were the two times that J.P. called up some music on his phone:

We also walked along a few places that show up in The Third Man.

At Mahler’s grave.

Other sites:

The Jesuitenkirche:

And always Stephensdom:

From the city we went to the country, for a walk downhill through vineyards, with a long stop for dinner at a Heuriger.


On the street Friday, I was certain I was seeing one of the original von Trapp children, now aged, and still in traditional clothing:

Euro18: to the west

After a long business meeting Friday morning, and a purchase of some new shoes (to be unveiled at the right time), I joined J.P. and Sylvie for:

  • a stop at a department store, on the second floor, where J.P. assured me we were within 20 feet of where Mozart died.
  • stops at several Beethoven residences in central Vienna (he moved a lot).
  • a visit to the hall where Beethoven’s 7th Symphony first was heard.
  • gelato.
  • a glance at Schubert’s birthplace.
  • a look at the Jesuit Church (oh my!).
  • stops at several Beethoven residences in Heiligenstadt, to the west of town.
  • a trip up into the hills, and a Heurigerabend.
  • 22000+ steps.
  • a visit to Mahler’s grave.

This was a good day.

In the room where it happened: Beethoven’s 7th’s first performance.
At Mahler’s grave. J.P. turned on Spotify on his phone to play the Adagietto from Mahler 5. I barely held in the emotions. This was the perfect music to accompany the homage to Mahler.
The view to the east, of Vienna, from the hills of Heiligenstadt.

Euro18: Theatermuseum

The former Palais Lobkowitz is home to one of the state museums, the Theatermuseum.  This place is a melange — theatre artifacts, a library, paintings by Rubens and Van Dyke and Bosch and Cranach the Elder and Titian and the like.

I especially enjoyed this painting ca. 1525 by Joos van Cleve, from Amsterdam.  He titled it “The Holy Family,” but an impish Jesus is pinching Mary’s breast (or maybe he’s just wanting milk), and Joseph looks like an inspiration for “American Gothic” 400 years later.

The collection is deep with Rubens. And the Hieronymous Bosch triptych is truly disturbing.

The Lobkowitz royalty were patrons of Beethoven.  He conducted the premiere of his 4th Symphony in this very hall:

I walked on floors today where Beethoven walked.

Riches

I am blessed to live in a city vibrant with arts groups, arts presenters, arts enthusiasts, and arts supporters.

The riches in the next month are too many!

I shall attend this weekend the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra all-Beethoven program, as well as Opera Scenes at Webster University (twice).  And a recital by Ken Kulosa, faculty cellist, at Webster University.

The following weekend, I am away at a conference, but will return in time to catch the closing performance of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Rep.

Voces8

And the first weekend of February brings an opening reception at the Sheldon Galleries, then either Voces8 at Manchester UMC or Cantus at the Touhill, and then on Saturday evening Bernadette Peters at Lindenwood University.  Oh yes . . . and a piano recital by Daniel Schene at Webster University on Sunday.

What will I miss in the next three weeks?

Ángel Romero at the Sheldon. The Rep’s Food & Wine event. An all-Bach program at the Symphony.  Dvorák 8 at the Symphony.  DanceSTL doing a Tango program of Argentine dances.  Several movies I’d like to see.