[tweetbutton]Vienna is often called the classical music capitol of the world.
Nowhere else have so many significant composers lived and worked as in Vienna.
Haydn and Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, Mozart and Beethoven, Salieri and Schubert, Brahms and Strauss, Bruckner and Mahler, Mahler and Schönberg, Schönberg and Berg lived in Vienna as teachers and students of each other. They were friends and fierce competitors.
Let me tell you something about the friendship between Antonio Salieri and Franz Schubert
Antonio Salieri’s greatest discovery: Franz Schubert
Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) was not only known for his victory over Mozart in the legendary composer contest in Schönbrunn Castle.
Salieri was also the most distinguished music pedagogue of his time.
As the imperial ‘Kapellmeister’, he directed the Boys’ Choir at the Hofkapelle in Vienna.
This is where Franz Schubert (1797-1828) caught his attention.
In difference to Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven, Franz Schubert did not enjoy wide public appreciation during is short life span.
Even though Salieri supported him for years due to his unique musical talent, Schubert was never able to find a publisher for his work. His attempts to find musical employment also failed. He sent his songs and compositions to the greatest idols of the time, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe und Beethoven, but that also did not further his cause.
Franz Schubert vs. Niccolò Paganini
Convinced to do so by friends, he held his only public concert on March 26, 1823, the first anniversary of Beethoven’s death. It was a great success.
The concert was sold out even though on the same evening the most famous violin virtuoso of the time, Niccolò Paganini, was performing in Vienna. .
It was not until after this success that publishers also gained interest in his work.
He died on November 19, 1823 at the age of 31.
Not until after Schubert’s death did his numerous romantic songs become more and more popular.
It still took a much longer time for his symphonies, masses and operas also to be made accessible to the public. The Eighth, so-called Unfinished Symphony did not premiere in Vienna until 1865.
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From the Author
Vienna is primarily a city of artists, musicians and architects. The well-known figures such as Gustav Klimt, Adolf Loos, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauss, Franz Schubert, Antonio Vivaldi, Sigmund Freud, Otto Wagner, Ludwig Wittgenstein and many others were born in Vienna or lived here.
After you finish your daily sightseeing this book can help you to master unforgettable evening:
WINE: After an art-filled day, a glass of wine is not such a bad idea. You can have it in the same bar in which Beethoven drank his.
DINNER: When were you last time in a restaurant that was first mentioned fifty years before Columbus arrived America and has been in the same place ever since? If Mozart, Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Mark Twain could not resist, why you should not eat your Viennese Schnitzel there?
DESSERT: Vienna is famous for its cakes. While you eat your dessert in the best Viennese cake shop, think a little about Antonio Vivaldi who lived a floor above you.
COFFEE: Coffee is a cult in Vienna. In Sigmund Freud’s favorite coffeehouse, coffee still tastes great as then.
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The guidebook Vienna Art Walk 2013 – Best of Art, Architecture and Classical Music is in many ways a different Vienna travel guide. Away from the tourist traps you will be guided through the castles, museums and music halls unique for its glance, art collections and historical importance.
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