Christmas in Vienna – Reflections on the Imperial City
Christmas in Vienna
Reflections on the Imperial City
A complex city, Vienna is on one level devoted to art, architecture, opera, concert music, jazz, and Viennese popular music. On another level, it is a city that has suffered terrible loss, including empire, citizenry, and cultural identity. As the eminent Viennese pianist Friedrich Gulda noted, every Viennese artist inherits both the sense of majesty and the sense of sorrow. Christmas in Vienna is a collection of spontaneously composed vignettes that reflect the vast range of Viennese culture and character, from Strauss to Schönberg, St. Stephen’s cathedral to the Vienna Woods.
Christmas in Vienna: the Concert