Vienna
2,000 years
of European history,
in one city
           
 
The
music

In Vienna


Did Mozart meet Beethoven, in the city
?
(Very) possibly. (Almost) certainly. Okay, yes he did.


Did Haydn know Mozart
?
Yes, he was a friend and a father figure.

Did Mozart teach Beethoven
?
Almost.


Did Haydn teach Beethoven
?
Yes, he did.
And did they get on?
No, they did not.


Did Schubert admire Beethoven
?
He hero-worshipped him. Schubert was so in awe of Beethoven, that when he once saw him sitting alone in a Viennese coffeehouse he was unable to approach him to introduce himself.


Did Schubert meet Beethoven
?
Yes, and Beethoven admired Schubert right back. It was Schubert who would carry Beethoven on his shoulder (Schubert was a pallbearer at his funeral).


What happened next
?
Well, after Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert were gone the Habsburgs were finally challenged by a second family who would surpass it in popularity and eventually outlast it.

Cue Strauss dynasty.





Joseph
Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, the Strauss dynasty (including Johann Strauss, the son), Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schönberg and many others all lived and worked in Vienna making the city from the 18th century into a cultural centre of Europe rivalling Paris and London.

Where
Haydn
lived
(and died
)
       
  Where
Mozart
wrote
The Marriage
of Figaro
     
    Where
Beethoven
wrote his
Heiligenstädter
Testament
   
    Where
Beethoven
wrote
Fidelio
   
      Where Schubert
was born
 
      Where
Schubert
lived
(and died
)
 
        Where
Strauss
wrote
The Blue
Danube Waltz
 

Top
 

"There is music in the air."

Edward Elgar
(1857-1934)
In R. J. Buckley's
Sir Edward Elgar (1905)

 

Musical interludes


Rock Me Amadeus

Falco



Music and
lyrics
Ferdinand Bolland
Robert Bolland
and Johann Hoelzel
(Vienna, 1985)

Beethoven

Für Elise

Lang Lang



Composer

Ludwig van Beethoven
(Vienna, 1810)

Schubert

Serenade

Camille Thomas &
Beatrice Berrut



Composer

Franz Schubert
(Vienna, 1826)

Haydn

Symphony No. 94
Surprise

Berlin Philharmonic
Orchestra


Composer

Joseph Haydn
(London, 1791)

Mozart

Requiem

Academy of St Martin
in the Fields


Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart
(Vienna, 1791)