For centuries, Vienna was the glittering capital of a great empire where the potential sponsorship of the Habsburg dynasty and many of the aristocrats at the imperial court created an excellent environment for musicians and artists. It is not surprising that many great composers were attracted to the city – they came, stayed and wrote immortal music.
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809), the doyen of the “Vienna Classic” period.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), moved to Vienna, the city at whose imperial court he had enjoyed such great success as a child prodigy; he remained in Vienna until the end of his life. This is where he composed his most famous operas, such as “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Così Fan Tutte” and “Don Giovanni,” his last, “Die Zauberflöte,” had its successful premiere at Theater auf der Wieden shortly before his untimely death.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) moved from his native Germany.
Apparently the grandiose Beethoven and his ardent admirer Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) never met.
Born in Upper Austria, Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896) lived and taught in Vienna for many decades.
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897), the composer of great music was born in Northern Germany and chose Vienna to pursue his musical ambitions.
Brahms was, by his own admission, somewhat envious of Johann Strauss Son (1825 – 1899). Asked for an autograph by Strauss’ wife, Adele, he wrote the first bars of “The Blue Danube” and, underneath, “Alas, not by – Johannes Brahms.” Like the rest of the musical world, Brahms bowed to the genius of Vienna’s undisputed Waltz King. Of course, he was not the only Viennese composer of waltzes and operettas – Johann Strauss Father (1804 – 1849) had already written his famous “Radetzky March” and his brothers Josef (1827 – 1870) and Eduard (1835 – 1916) also contributed to the musical form that the world ultimately came to know as quintessentially Viennese.
Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911) deserves his commemorative plaque in the Vienna State Opera House.
Arnold Schoenberg (1874 – 1951);
Anton von Webern (1883 – 1945)
Alban Berg (1885 – 1935), the composer of “Wozzeck,” also hailed from Vienna.
In Vienna you can hear music on the streets, played on various instruments, even piano. The musicians often sell in this way their CD's.
Here a group of Hungarian artists. The big instrument is the Cimbalom – a characteristic instrument for producing the gypsy style.
big photo in beta
Critiques | Translate
tyro (18202) 2014-07-09 2:14
Once again you have given us a wonderfully interesting and informative note and a lovely picture to accompany it. There really is a wealth of very good information in your note. I had to look up cimbalom because I'd never really heard of that before - but I see that it's not a keyboard instrument at all but it's played by striking the strings directly. It must be very difficult to play.
A lovely informal photograph of this little trio giving pleasure to the passers-by and I particularly like the lady on the right who is enjoying the music and also an ice cream!
Lovely light and colours and technically excellent too.
SnapRJW (28714) 2014-07-09 2:23
Hello Malgo - A most appropriate photograph for this music loving city and it must have been a treat to listen to the trio of musicians pictured here. I really love the expression on the violinist's face.... he is obviously focused and transported by the music he plays. An attractive and well captured moment from DL in Vienna.
Hope all is well
Sergiom (53539) 2014-07-09 5:19
Cela doit demander un minimum d'effort pour transporter les éléments de l'orchestre à ce endroit de choix, mais la musique doit être douce à l'oreille comme en font foie les admiratrices attentives.
asajernigan (19947) 2014-07-09 5:57
This is a nice daily life capture! I remember seeing many musicians performing in the streets of Vienna, most of them were very good. The close up focus is nice making the musicians stand out against the background.
photoray (9751) 2014-07-09 7:38
Excellent fine resolution Vienna scene, shoppers, strollers, and the 3 piece orchestra with the beautiful Klavierchord getting my attention. I would have enjoyed being here in person.
I enjoy all of the composers you listed. The only one missing for me is Richard Strauss, whose tone poems always entice me.
Thanks for sharing,
holmertz (36299) 2014-07-09 10:04
So now you are showing street-shots and I upload a postcard! Where is the world heading? How will this end? :-). No doubt I would have enjoyed taking photographs of these men. We don't often see a cimbalom in a street orchestra. That makes me believe they played quite well. I also enjoy the inclusion of the woman by the fountain (?), enjoying not just the music but also her icecream. Maybe another Chinese tourist?
I promise I will show another street-shot next time. I still have so many.
bukitgolfb301 (34188) 2014-07-09 12:17
Hi dear Malgo, how are you? and happy birthday to you!
So sorry for long no reply/action to you due to some reasons. Very vry natural abut stuuning snap shot in town. Ya this is really image from Viena indeed.
The atmosphere and thier expressionars are so fantatsic to see.
All the best and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
carlo62 (26654) 2014-07-09 15:02
Vienna senza musica è come Parigi senza Tour Eiffel, Pisa senza Torre Pendente...
Per cui ben vengano i musicisti a rallegrare e a far sentire le note a tutte le persone.
Ottimo scatto, allegro e ritmico, anche se i musicisti sembrano piuttosto stanchi.
batalay (34565) 2014-07-09 19:27
Only once have I visited Vienna, ostensibly to give a talk at the Boltzmann Institute, but my real interest was to find some of the houses that Beethoven had lived in (and thrown out of). Where else would you see a harpsichord on a square, with a violin case the serving as a repository for donations. Wonderful photo, Malgorzata,
rychem (18685) 2014-07-09 23:42
Tacy uliczni grajkowie należą do obrazu starego Wiednia, a ja słyszę "Opowieści lasku Wiedeńskiego" :)
PiotrF (3832) 2014-07-10 17:27
Jak widze muzykow to od razu migawka zaczyna w moim aparacie strzelac, mam jakis taki dziwny model hehe.
Uliczne sceny z ich udzialem tez sa ciekawe i nie ma tylu problemow z swiatlem jak na koncercie w klubie przy swieczkach.
Dobra, reportazowa fotografia
Silvio1953 (114861) 2014-07-11 12:34
Ciao Malgorzata, nice scene with lovely Street musicians, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (12654) 2014-07-11 16:00
Vienna is symbol of music, as is shown in this street scene, but, also a but of shopping and good ones, you must be at Mariahilferstrasse that I like for having my name and also having cute cafes to enjoy a cup of melange as they call it when it have some milk
What shinning and pointed shoes the playing man have
Well done, regards
fabbs99 (15655) 2014-07-11 23:50
Excellent shot of the musicians in the middle of the town.You have captured the mood of this beautiful place extremely well. Excellent photography.TFS.
annjackman (17387) 2014-07-13 6:12
This captures the spirit of Vienna. A lovely sharp picture with a very interesting subject - great street photography. An interesting note too.
Kind Regards, Ann
mcmtanyel (9947) 2014-07-18 22:43
You have caught a very pleasant scene in the streets of Vienna. Is that a box of their CDs on the cimbalom? Light management, the subject(s) and the POV are great. One detail that needs attention is the slight tilt to the left, easily corrected by Photoshop Elements 12.