moment you arrive this is a city that sings and echoes its personality – from
the colourful graffiti, to Mozart’s music notes and image, perfect cakes and
the stories everywhere.
lived here – Hadyn, Schubert, Strauss,
Beethoven and of course Mozart. We were
pleased to attend Mozart’s Marriage of
Figaro. Opera expresses a big emotional dynamic range – plaintive pleading,
soft caressing, comic timing, absurdity and questioning, heady emotions,
collective joy, contemplative heartbreak….
This is a
small country of 8m who have fought for their survival at the heart of Europe.
A crossroads place with Russia on one side, Hungary and Germany on the other.
Austria at one time was the centre for the Habsburg empire. One senses today
the European Project is alive and well here
There is the
well-known tourist Vienna –the tour buses, the horse drawn carriages, the
coffee houses, the imperial palaces. There are glittering rooftops, ordered
cycle ways, the walks in the old quarter and of course luscious and light
cakes! Of The Sisi museum stories and the moving images of Empress Elizabeth and of her tragedy, the reluctant princess.
This is a
city for music lovers, bookshops and art. People are very polite, well
mannered, positive and hardworking with a good attitude to life. You find
answers here – perhaps.
is underneath the real Vienna – of a warm, proud and friendly people – proud of
the heritage of their city and it’s history. We took the
first class underground system to the Schonbrunn Palace on the sunny Saturday, but
found it packed out with bus loads of tourists. So instead we headed back to
the Vienna old quarters.
At the St Stephendom at the heart of old Vienna, inside the light seems to play tricks as
it dances on the very tall dark columns and lays soft shiny highlights on the
gold statures. We search for the quieter cobbled by ways behind the dramatic
light and shade of the cathedral and find a small coffee shop near
Mozarthaus to stop and enjoy the moment. We discovered the Vienna Peace museum
and the Austrian Journalists Club (OJC) – The Vienna International Press
1900s Liberalism battled absolute power.-
Succession Movement. ARTISTS – Klimt,
Kolo Muer, Otto Wagner – all died 1918.
also the artists Max Licberman, Eduard Munch, A
many posters of Austrian painter Schiele’s work.
Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) – Symbolism to Expressionism “There
are only a few, very new new artists. Chosen ones. The new artist must absolutely
be himself; he must be a create; he needs to have the base on which he builds
inside him immediately and by himself, without using that which has been handed
down from the past. Only then is he a new artist.”
|Vienna Museum Windows for Peace|
Palace and Imperial Palace
Vienna State Opera