Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Secret Instruments of Vienna’s Musikverein

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Some of you might be aware of the fact that the Musikverein houses an extensive collection of musical manuscripts, prints and so on, but that a sizable, impressive number of historic musical instruments are also part of the deal is almost a secret… Archive Director Dr. Otto Biba is the warden and guardian of these treasures. The musical instruments are housed in a state-of-the-art vault-like storage room deep down in the cellar, and one cupboard is filled with traverse flutes!
A couple of months ago, we had the the privilege of trying a few of them, and selected two flutes to be played at a concert next week. These are by Schöllnast, Preßburg makers at the beginning of the 19th centuries. During the last weeks, Julia has carefully tried to reacquaint them with being played, and they have reacted very well, almost seeming to enjoy the process.. The series of concerts with musical instruments is aptly called “Nun klingen sie wieder..”, roughly translated as “Now they sound again”. If you would like to hear flutes that have been silent for decades, if not centuries, join us on April 8th at Musikverein/Brahmssaal!

Back from NY. Half Marathon completed in 1:37:38

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After the NYC concerts (Brahms Symphonies @ Carnegie Hall) and icy-cold days of intensive training in Central Park  (or Munich, Hamburg and Athens, before) I’m back in Vienna and in the final weeks of my preparation for the upcoming Vienna City Marathon on April 12th. 7 years (Marianna’s age) have gone by since my last full marathon!

Of course I’m taking it seriously  – only good preparation guarantees fun and (a more less) good time  on the big day. My test run, a half-marathon last weekend went pretty well. Now I know better what time I’d like to beat. But of course, I’m not telling anyone… Let’s see, there are 3  more weeks to go…