Part 3 - Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze" - Heiligenstadt
The first stop on Day 4 was another B. home, 22 Laimgrubengasse. He worked on the 9th Symphony here in 1822. This building is well-preserved and looks the same as it did when B. lived here. The front door was open so I walked inside a little bit to get the vibe. Just like Molker Bastei, it's surprisingly humble. Beethoven did not like the limelight and moved around alot to evade curiosity-seekers looking for the famous "deaf composer". The room where B. stayed at is open to visitors with an appointment. I decided to save that for another time. We headed on towards the Secession museum building where Gustav Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze" is on display. Frankly I wasn't too excited about it since it really had nothing to do with B.'s actual life in Vienna, but I ended up enjoying it quite alot. Klimt was commissioned to create this huge wall mural as part of the entrance to a massive Beethoven sculpture at this art exhibition. Mahler even made a special wind arrangement of the 9th Symphony for the event. Personally I'd never seen it before - but I loved it! This Klimt fellow is not bad at all. I think he has a real future ;).
|Klimt "Beethoven Frieze" left wall...|
Heiligenstadt Testament") was not discovered until B.'s death 35 years later in a secret drawer in his desk. B. eventually stayed in Heiligenstadt several times, usually in the summer to escape the high heat of Vienna.
We took the U4 U-bahn which is Vienna's subway system. It was only 20 minutes by U-bahn, whereas in B's time it was 1.5 hours by horse-carriage. Many houses here are preserved from when B. stayed here, including
|"There are no rules!"|
|Lock of The Maestro's hair.|
|Wine tavern food.|
We left Heiligenstadt "well-sated" and returned to Vienna....
Searching for Beethoven in Heiligenstadt:
Click on the square pic below to see many more photos of Part 3.
You can watch here on Youtube as a slide show as well...
To be concluded...