Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss and of course the city-favourite Mozart! They all became the most sought after musicians in Vienna, they all died in Vienna and after their death, they were recognized as the greatest in the history of music. So it’s only fair that the City gave them the highest honour, posthumously, by putting them together in one of the world’s largest and famous cemetery.
And since I was in Vienna last week, I took the opportunity to visit their resting place at the Zentralfriedhof. I may not have seen them in their lifetime, but I already feel honored to be able to see and touch their graves!
Ludwig van Beethoven – Bonn, Germany
Baptised 17 December 1770– 26 March 1827
He moved to Vienna in 1792 and lived there until his death at the age of 57.
Beethoven became deaf at nearly the height of his career but he managed to keep playing the piano by listening to its vibrations.
Franz Schubert, Vienna, Austria
January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828
With only a short life of 31 years, he ranked among the greatest composers of the early Romantic era, becoming one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.
Johannes Brahms – Hamburg, Germany
May 7, 1833 – April 3, 1897
Brahms made his first visit to Vienna at the age of 27, held a number of posts in the Musical field and even directed the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for three seasons.
It was said that he seemed to fall in love easily and had strings of relationships but he never married.
Johann Strauss II – St Ulrich, Austria
October 25, 1825 – June 3, 1899
The famous composer of The Blue Danube died in Vienna, at the age of 73. At the time of his death, he was still composing his ballet, Aschenbrödel.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Salzburg, Austria
27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791
Already a child prodigy at the age six, Mozart enthralled the imperial family with a command performance at Schönbrunn Palace.
When he died at the age of 35, he had already composed over 600 works. It was only immediately after his death that his fame rose substantially.
Although he is not buried in this cemetery, the City put up this memorial as the central point of all the other musicians’ resting place.
The tombs of some of the World’s greatest musicians can be found in one spot at the Zentralfriedhof (Vienna Central Cemetery)