From CDs and the radio to downloads and online streaming, today we’ve got loads of ways to listen to music anytime and anywhere we want. But how did people listen to music back when none of this technology was available? The phonograph (the oldest method of listening to recorded music at home) wasn’t invented until 1877. So even highly-esteemed emperors and empresses had to find other means of listening to the popular music of the era.
Nestled on the banks of the Danube in the shadows of the Alps, Vienna is perfectly positioned to enjoy a weekend getaway. If you don’t want to travel far, you can stay within Austria and visit some beautiful nearby towns and villages in just a couple of hours by train. Or if you’re up for a bit of a journey, you can venture further and visit some incredible cities in neighbouring countries, such as Budapest in Hungary or Prague in Czechia.
Adored by music lovers from around the globe, the Musikverein is a fabulous concert hall in the Innere Stadt district of Vienna and is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. Inside the magnificent building is the Great Hall (or Großer Saal), widely considered to be one of the finest concert halls in the world, thanks to its superb acoustics. The spectacular hall hasn’t been changed since it was originally constructed centuries ago, and shares the long, tall and narrow shoebox shape of other highly acclaimed music halls, such as Berlin's Konzerthaus.
The History of Kursalon Vienna and its Magnificent Concerts 0
Kursalon Vienna is an outstanding music hall in Austria’s capital. When it was designed and constructed, it was never intended to be such a grand place where visitors would flock to listen to excellent orchestras. It was originally intended to be a spot, where visitors were served healing mineral water. But after Johann Strauss performed shortly after its completion, Kursalon Vienna became the incredible music venue we know it as today.
Centuries after master composers such as Mozart and Strauss played in the city, Vienna still lives up to its reputation as the capital of classical music, with opera houses and concert halls inspiring aficionados with glorious performances all-year-round. But where did Vienna’s music-soaked culture that’s so ubiquitous today originate from?
Mozart’s infamous Requiem in D minor is a masterpiece shrouded in mystery, making it all the more fascinating, compelling and emotionally stirring. The story of the creation of the work involves a shady commission, numerous composers and a blanket of deceit, purely in the interest of financial gain. It all began in July 1791, when a stranger turned up at Mozart’s door with a slightly odd request.