Sunday, September 9, 2012

Vienna-The Music Capital

Vienna is the capital and the largest city of Austria with population of 1.73 million. Music is one of Vienna's legacies. Musical prodigies including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg have lived and worked there.

Central Cemetery of Vienna

The Zentralfriedhof (German for "Central Cemetery") is one of the largest cemeteries in the world, largest by number of interred in Europe and most famous cemetery among Vienna's nearly 50 cemeteries. Vienna is a city of music since time immemorial, and the municipality expressed gratitude to composers by granting them monumental tombs. Interred in the Zentralfriedhof are notables such as Beethoven and Schubert who were moved there in 1888, and Johannes Brahms, Antonio Salieri, Johann Strauss II and Arnold Schoenberg. There is a cenotaph erected in honour of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but he was actually buried in nearby St. Marx Cemetery. (Monuments from left-Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert)

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven(1770-1827), German composer; born in Bonn, Germany. He lived most of his later life in Vienna and died there.** His monument in the Central Cemetery of Vienna.

Beethoven in Budapest

Beethoven visited Budapest and gave a concert in this building "Whilm Theater" of Buda on May 7, 1800. The plaque was placed on the wall to commemorate the 200th anniversary(2000).

Benatzky, Ralph

Ralph Benatzky (1884-1957), an Austrian composer of Czech origin (when Benatzky was born Bohemia was part of the Austrian empire, Benatzky mostly worked in Vienna). He composed operas and operettas, such as Casanova (1928), Die drei Musketiere (1929), Im weißen Rössl (1930), and Meine Schwester und ich (1930). He died in Zürich, Switzerland.

Benatzky's operetta-The White Horse Inn

The story of Benatzky's operetta "Im Weissen Rossl"(The White Horse Inn) was taken place at this Inn in the village of Hallstatt. Hallstatt, Upper Austria, is a village in the Salzkammergut, a region in Austria. It is located near the Hallstätter See (a lake). Hallstatt is known for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times, and gave its name to the Hallstatt culture.

Berlioz, Hector

Hector Berlioz(1803-1869), French composer; he composed operas, orchestral music; his most popular work is "Symphonie fantastie". **************** Click "Older Posts" to contuinue viewing