The musical surgeon: Theodor Billroth

On the streets of Vienna in the mid-1880s, you could bump into Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, or Gustav Mahler. Continue reading The musical surgeon: Theodor Billroth

Do I Hear A Waltz?

Do I Hear A Waltz? is the title of the show by Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim written in 1965 after the death of Oscar Hammerstein. It tells the story of spinster Leona Damish who knows she will recognise true love when she finally hears a waltz that she has long imagined. But why a waltz? Continue reading Do I Hear A Waltz?

Coffee – A Turkish blessing on Vienna

Such is the prestige of Viennese coffee houses that at the end of 2011 UNESCO qualified them as an intangible cultural heritage, places “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill.” Continue reading Coffee – A Turkish blessing on Vienna

A Mozartian pilgrimage (Vienna)

The day after Mozart died on 5 December 1791, his funeral took place in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, and his body was removed for burial to St Marx’s cemetery in a nearby suburb. No one cared to see or, later, to find out the last resting place of music’s greatest genius. Continue reading A Mozartian pilgrimage (Vienna)