A Star Is Born
Are you already acquainted with the Bank Austria Salon in the Altes Rathaus? It’s a wonderful baroque space with a long history, in which young artists can see what it feels like to perform in a concert hall. But perhaps you would also be interested to know exactly what a salon is?
Imagine Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart playing in your living room. A superstar appearing in private, unplugged? This isn’t as implausible as it seems, at least if you had had a salon in Vienna like that of Fanny von Arnstein. In April 1784, the 28-year-old Mozart is said to have conducted a concert there. The musical genius wanted to give private concerts as a way of reducing his dependency upon his aristocratic patrons. The waiting list for the event of the year was naturally a long one. Everyone queued to see Mozart, from princes to bankers.