36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 231: On stage at the Musikverein


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 231 — On stage at the Musikverein
20-March-1972 (Montag–Mon.)


Musikverein Golden Hall

Had our first rehearsal in the Musikverein. Great place to play. What acoustics. Even the horns sound good. Is this my big step up?


Vienna Musikverein

The Musikverein. Built in 1870, the Vienna Musikverein (photo above) is a world-class concert hall and home to the Vienna Philharmonic. It is renowned for it’s acoustics as being among the best in the world. The décor is ornate, with its organ balcony, sometimes accommodating the Vienna Boys’ Choir (photo below). The chandeliers are gorgeous. Music history oozes from its walls.

Musikverein organ balcony

I’ve seen many concerts in this hall—the Vienna Philharmonic, the famous Vienna New Years Concert with Strauss waltzes and polkas, and the soon-to-come series of Leonard Bernstein conducting Mahler’s symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic. The acoustics are amazing.

Normally, I’m in the back in standing room. Always crowded and far back (see opening picture). I’ve just learned from Wikipedia that standing room holds up to 300 people. For the Bernstein–Mahler concerts, I purchased a balcony seat slightly behind the orchestra, where I could see Bernstein conduct. Amazing.

The opening picture shows the Großer Saal, or Golden Hall (Wikimedia Commons).

On stage. I’m on stage in the Musikverein rehearsing Bruckner’s 8th with my horn and Wagner tuba. What a thrill to be on this stage.


Here is a link to the Musikverein page in Wikipedia.

Here is
a humorous web article that attributes the wonderful acoustics of the Musikverein to the gilded golden bare breasts of 50 topless sculptures in the music hall. Ok, I’m stretching it a bit and just wanted to use the words topless and breasts to increase readership.


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