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Curt Veeneman, Ph.D.


Viennese Composer Homes and Monuments

23 May 2014



This sign commemorates a seeming central rational of Vienna through the ages:  “singer-street. ”  Music may be found not only near the center of the city (where this sign is found, near the cathedral), but throughout Vienna.

Last week we had a look at some of the graves of composers and other musicians in the Zentralfriedhof and in two other cemeteries in Vienna; this week we’ll see where some of these same composers lived as well as some monuments to their memory.

All locations are in Vienna.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Born in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven spent most of his life in Vienna.  There is some indication that Beethoven lived in up to 80 dwellings during his 35 years in Vienna.  Sixteen of the 27 documented residences during his time were located in what is now the inner city, surrounded by The Ring. 

Beethoven owned five legless pianos, as he composed on the floor.  (Pouring water on his head also seemed to help him.)  Imagine moving pianos about 40 times in as many years.  He was kicked out of his first apartment, in which he composed the “Moonlight Sonata”, because didn’t pay the rent.  He was also kicked out for not paying the rent for his third apartment — located in a basement —in which he composed his piano sonatas 18-23 and symphonies 3-5.



Lothringerstraße 20

This statue of Beethoven is located in the lobby of the Wiener Konzerthaus.



Graben 241, now no.10 Tiefer Graben

Greinersches Haus:  Beethoven lived on the third floor between the years 1800 and 18011.



Pasqualati House, Mölker Bastei 8

Beethoven lived here between the years 1804-8 and 1810-14; there is a museum here, and the building is located right across from the Universität Wien and Sigmund-Freud-Park.



Beethoven-Gedenkstätte Heiliger Testament

Probusgasse 6 in Heiligenstadt

This is where Beethoven lived when he wrote the Heiligenstadt Testament — a letter written by Beethoven to his brothers Carl and Johann on 6 October 1802 about his despair over his increasing deafness — there is a museum here.


Grinzinger Strasse 64, Heiligenstadt, where Beethoven lived in 1808



Beethoven-Haus, Pfarrplatz 2 in Heiligenstadt

Beethoven lived here in 1817.


Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)



Born in Hamburg, Brahms spent most life in Vienna.  Across from the Musikverein, where Brahms conducted, is a statue of the great composer.


Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)



Born near Linz, Bruckner composed symphonies, masses, and motets.


Antonin Dvorak (1841–1904)


Wiedner Hauptstrasse 7

The Czech composer frequented the Hotel Goldenes Lamm when he visited Vienna.


Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714–1787)


Wiedner Hauptstrasse 32

Gluck lived here when he stayed in Vienna.


Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)


We have already mentioned the Haydn Museum, on  Haydngasse 19, and also the Brahms-Gedenkraum, in connection with Vienna.  See Papa Haydn, Part 5.


Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)


This bust of the great composer and conductor is found the Staatsoper.



This plaque commemorates where Mahler lived in Vienna.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)


Domgasse 5

The Mozarthaus is located one block behind St. Stephen's Cathedral.  This was Mozart's residence from 1784 to 1787.



Café Frauenhuber, Himmelfortgasse 6

Mozart lived above the café and Beethoven later performed there.



Collalto Palace, Am Hof 13

When Mozart was only six years old he played harpsichord for the nobility at this palace.



Burggarten, Burgring

Just inside main gates of the Burggarten, opposite Eschenbachgasse, is a statue of Mozart.



Empress Maria Theresa, Maria-Theresien-Platz

On this monument to Empress Maria Theresa (1740–1780) can be seen Gluck, Haydn, and even a six-year-old Mozart (climbing around behind the empress).  Mozart had just met the future Queen Marie Antoinette of France, just two months his senior.



Mozart-Brunnen (Mozart fountain), Mozartgasse

This sculpture is a nod to Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute.



Café Mozart, Albertinaplatz 2

This café is named in honor of the composer.


Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951)


Schwarzenbergplatz 6 (entrance Zaunergasse 1-3)

Arnold Schönberg Center

This center honors the great twentieth-century composer with a great deal of research, and contains many artifacts.



A reassembling of the composer’s Los Angeles studio can be seen at the Arnold Schönberg Center.


Franz Peter Schubert  (1797–1828)


Schreyvogelgasse 10

There is a plaque on this Biedermeier house where the composer gave lessons to three students — Das Dreimäderlhaus (House of the Three Girls).



Zu Den Drei Hacken, Riemergasse 14

This was one of Schubert’s favorite restaurants: "At the Three Hatchets".




Kettenbrückengasse 6

Schubert died here at age 31, at the apartment of his brother Ferdinand.




This statue of Franz Schubert is found at the Stadtpark.


Johan Strauss, Jr. (1825–1899)



This statue of Johan Strauss, Jr., is found at the Stadtpark.


Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)


Waaggasse 1

The Finnish composer lived here between 1890 and 1891.


Richard Strauss (1864 1949)



The composer Richard Strauss lived here between the wars, during the years 1919-1925.


Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)


Hotel Sacher, Philharmonikerstrasse 4

This plaque commemorates the fact that Antonio Vivaldi once lived at this location near the end of his life.






The photographs used in this blog, unless otherwise noted, are by Curt Veeneman.

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Who started Travel Con Brio®?

Composer, scholar (in music theory, ethnomusicology, and music history), performer, educator, conference organizer, and entrepreneur, Curt Veeneman received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

His additional interests, subsumed in wonder at the beauty of God’s entire creation, include art (he was an art major before the balance tipped ever-so-slightly toward music), literature, architecture, photography, mathematics, history, languages, cultural studies, world-cuisines, and, of course, travel.
photograph by Colleen Veeneman

In founding Travel Con Brio®, Curt was eager to synthesize all of these interests to create imaginative, stirring, and enlightening experiences to be enjoyed by both young and mature travelers alike.  The tours that he organizes reflect his extensive travel experience and familiarity with the art, music and culture of numerous countries, with each tour being richly enhanced by local experts.

Curt and his wife Colleen live near San Francisco.  They have three children.

What is this blog about?

Culled from a number of trips abroad, this blog compiles various experiences in an attempt to reveal the cultural nuances of places visited on Travel Con Brio® tours.  Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, Curt’s observations are intended to describe and appreciate the personalities, character, idiosyncrasies, conventions, mood, and ambiance of places visited.  Contemplations of topics ranging from language and customs to climate and bureaucracies are freely offered alongside art and music reviews.  Any cultural issue, if illuminating, can become the focus.

These musings on the personal impact of various cultures are offered so that you, as a traveler, may compare and contrast your own impressions with them.  Do you share a similar interest?  Do you agree with a specific conclusion?  Or is there a fine distinction to be made regarding a particular point?  You are invited to leave your comments; please, however, be respectful of other readers.

And last, a caveat:  flukes, asymmetries, and twists of fate may suggest more about Curt than about any foreign culture under discussion.

What are some of Curt Veeneman’s musical activities?

As a composer, Curt has spoken and/or his works have been performed throughout the United States, in Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Bulgaria.  He is the winner of several awards, including the ASCAP-Hubbell Award for composition.

Curt Veeneman's compositions include Les Cloches, inspired by the life of Joan of Arc (premièred by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra), The Wiry Concord for 5-string banjo, dulcimer, cimbalom, harp, harpsichord, piano, viola and percussion (available on Capstone Records), Mountain Thyme, based on Bulgarian folk music (recorded by the Sofia Symphony Orchestra), Alcuin's Riddle, for orchestra and 15 soloists who cross the “audience-river,” Hommage for voice, flute, 'cello, piano, and percussion, Windmills, computer music featuring sampled wind turbines on California's Altamont Pass, and Pneuma for solo flute, (also available on Capstone Records).

Of this last work, the following comments have been made:  “J’ai beaucoup apprécié le lyrisme et la rigueur de Pneuma pour flûte de Curt Veeneman”  (I greatly appreciate the lyricism and the precision of Curt Veeneman’s Pneuma for flute) —Gérard Condé, Le Monde, Paris, 29 August 1996; “a well written piece”  — Robert Dick, flutist, author of The Other Flute; “it is quite exciting!” — Molly Alicia Barth of eighth blackbird; and “strong and imaginative” — Jules Langert, San Francisco Classical Voice, 13 March 2006.

As a new music promoter, he directed the new music ensemble Sonor Borealis at University of Alberta, Canada, and founded and directed the concert series, PACIFIC MARKET: Fresh Music From Around The World, at the University of the Pacific.  As a performer, Curt Veeneman is recorded on Music and Arts.

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