The Homes of Inspiring Composers

Hello Everyone,

What another fun day here in Vienna. We had the opportunity to visit one of the many apartments Beethoven lived in, as well as the home were Schubert was born.

Our first stop touring around this morning was the Schubert house. This house was were Franz Schubert was born. It is a small humble apartment, but has a beautiful courtyard. Inside the house there are many personal items, including his glasses, and manuscripts of his compositions. The students enjoyed looking at the original manuscripts of repertoire they themselves have played. There is also a piano of his in the museum. Below you find a picture of the students around Schubert’s piano.

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After leaving the Schubert house we traveled to the Beethoven Pasqualatihaus. This is one of the many apartments the he lived in and composed many of his well known compositions. In this house he composed the opera Fidelio, his 5th, 7th, and 8th Symphonies, the Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, and Für Elise. Similarly to the Schubert house, there were many manuscripts of his compositions as well as one of his pianos. Below you will find a picture of the students with Marilyn Roth around Beethoven’s piano.

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After touring these inspiring homes we had a chance to walk around the beautiful rose garden in the center of Vienna. It was absolutely gorgeous and the beautiful weather we had today only amplified its beauty.

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Now to hear from more of our students reflecting on their last couple of days here in Vienna:

5 Things about my day on the Piano Tour with Jacquelyn Ho

1. What was your favorite part of the day?
Walking around the rose garden

2. What was a surprise to you?
How big the Mozarthaus was compared to the Schubert and Beethoven house.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
The view of Schubert’s courtyard

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
Schnitzel

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
“Mozart wouldn’t mind us talking about this…” Said by Bryan McGuiggin

5 Things about my day on the Piano Tour with Bryan McGuiggin

1. What was your favorite part of the day?
The performance in Mozarthaus. The acoustics were really interesting and it was great performing in such a historic place.

2. What was a surprise to you?
How photogenic Corey is.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
The view of the Austrian National Library from the Rose Garden

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
Viennese Pork Dumplings

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
“Has anybody got any pots and pans?” Said by George Hu

5 Things about my day on the Piano Tour with Valerie Zhao

1. What was your favorite part of the day?
Relaxing before our performance at the Mozarthaus.

2. What was a surprise to you?
Viennese Dumplings are very different from Asian ones.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
The Rose Garden

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
Palatschinke, fruit jam wrapped in a thin pancake, topped with sugar.

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
“It is hard for us to always pay attention to the bike paths” Said by Marilyn Roth

5 Things about my day on the Piano Tour with Julian Grabarek

1. What was your favorite part of the day?
The performance in Mozarthaus, I thought I played really well. I also enjoyed the Beethoven house.

2. What was a surprise to you?
How small Schubert’s apartment was.

3. What was your favorite view of the day?
The courtyard at the Schubert House

4. What was your favorite food that you ate today?
Viennese pork dumplings. They are similar to food my grandmother makes.

5. What was your favorite quote you heard someone say today?
“Annoying Bryan is the best sport there is.” Said by Ariane Bowers

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