The Spell of the Vienna Woods: Inspiration and Influence

The Spell of the Vienna Woods: Inspiration and Influence

The Spell of the Vienna Woods: Inspiration and Influence from Beethoven to Kafka ❰KINDLE❯ ✽ The Spell of the Vienna Woods: Inspiration and Influence from Beethoven to Kafka Author Paul Hofmann – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Paul Hofmann, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, offers a fine meditation on the Vienna Woods, a tract of gladed forest five times bigger than the combined boroughs of New York, geographi Paul Hofmann, a foreign correspondent of the PDF/EPUB ✓ for the New York Times, offers a fine meditation on the Vienna Woods, a tract of gladed forest five times bigger than the combined boroughs of New York, geographically the last gasp of the Alps before Austria opens onto the great central European plain In those forests, Hofmann tells us, lie the origins of many great works of the imagination the later symphonies of Beethoven, several Schubert sonatas, Mozart s The Magic Flute, and, most famously, Richard Strauss sopera Tales from the Vienna Woods, which instilled in the Viennese a The Spell Kindle - sense that the woods had to be protected from the growing city on their fringe Thanks to the play of art and memory, the woods thrive today as Hofmann remarks, No other major European capital can boast such a large and safe recreational area.


10 thoughts on “The Spell of the Vienna Woods: Inspiration and Influence from Beethoven to Kafka

  1. Leanne Leanne says:

    Vienna has been named most livable city in the world for a few years running Of course the art collections, gorgeous architecture, and dazzling cafes are part of the package but so is the Vienna Woods I cannot think of another city that has a green biosphere encircling it in the way Vienna has It really is surprising driving into the city or even flying into it to see the green woods unfolding around it And there are bees and animals and a fairly extensive animal preserve with boar and de Vienna has been named most livable city in the world for a few years running Of course the art collections, gorgeous architecture, and dazzling cafes are part of the package but so is the Vienna Woods I cannot think of another city that has a green biosphere encircling it in the way Vienna has It really is surprising driving into the city or even flying into it to see the green woods unfolding around it And there are bees and animals and a fairly extensive animal preserve with boar and deerI was expecting and really hoping for a serious cultural history of the woods But this book isof a personal memoir of the author s experiences in the woods and his personal impressions about the ways that Beethoven, Kafka, Freud, Auden, Hugo Wolf, Schoenberg, and even Mozart experienced the woods And it is really poignant as a reader below said, I also didn t want the book to end It is just a must for anyone who loves Vienna.Those sweet and melancholic woods of firs, pines, birches, ashes, and famously of lindens and horse chestnuts and the taverns with their fresh wines that don t travel very well The wines from the woods are really something perfect To walk from Kahlenberg to Leopolndsberg and to drink white Austrian wine under the chestnut trees by moonlight is a magical experience And the author is right that you can hear the woods in all music from Beethoven To Mozart I thought his chapters on Auden, as well as the wonderfully told chapter on the double suicide or was it of the crown prince Rudolf and his girlfriend, were particularly wonderful to read Mayerling and Grinzing sigh I was also fascinated by the chapter on Baden and the thermal zone I have had strange experiences in spas in France After 25 years in the land of perfect hot spring japan , the French spas I found to be hard to really understand since the water is not hot and you usually bath in pools and tubsbut I read that at baden the water is hot and they are sulfur Now, we are talking and now I must find myself back there again so I can try one All countries should set aside a significant percentage I leave that open to each case of land to be turned back to wild and kept as a reserve and half of those preserves should be forests where possible Cities should look to Vienna for ideas for creating biospheres Vienna s is the real thing but even if we started again and waited cities could aim for a greenbelt surrounding the city center to help alleviate the impact To breath There are foxes and skunks, boars and deer right there in the city in the preserve. and everywhere bees Hives are kept even on the opera house roof I loved reading the author s reminiscences about his childhood in Austria and also to know that those woods are still there where they continue to inspire people


  2. Will Will says:

    The Vienna Woods, located just outside the city, have influenced an incredible range of people, including Beethoven, Schubert, WH Auden, Mark Twain, Hugo Wolf, Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, and Mozart, to name a few Although this book tends to ramble a bit, it provides a fascinating account of an important little patch of woods.


  3. Dida Dida says:

    excellent, I DIDN T WANT IT TO END I almost wish that there were photographs.


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