Thank You for Friday. Today is going to be your happy Friday because we will immerse in the city of pleasure. This is Vienna. I have been in Vienna and I must say this city is the hymn to pleasure and “the only city in the world which would have been unthinkable without music”.
Tram-pa-pa Tram-pa-pa, of course, we are feeling the rhythm and joyful motive of Waltz. And I am sure in 99% we are singing some melodies from Johann Strauss II masterpieces. Strauss wrote over 400 waltzes, one of them mirrors the mood of Vienna: “Wine, Women and Song”!
“Wine, Women and Song” is a hendiatris that endorses hedonistic lifestyles or behaviors. In modern times, it is usually seen in the form “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.” (Hendiatris is a figure of speech used for emphasis, in which three words are used to express one idea. (from wikipedia)
The Waltz King Johann Strauss II was born in Vienna, the son of Johann Strauss I, another composer of dance music. His father did not wish him to become a composer, but rather a banker. Nevertheless, Strauss Junior studied the violin secretly as a child. Vital force and Inspiration are stronger than parent’s will and, fortunately, we have a happy chance to listen and sing the wonderful and light motives from Johann Strauss the Son now.
Vienna’s centrally located Stadtpark features a prominent golden statue of Strauss playing the violin. Everywhere there is song and sound.
“It was the city of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert; of Brahms and Bruckner, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg. From it had emanated the Strauss waltzes which flowed around the world, everywhere preaching the gospel of life’s enjoyment in three-quarter time,” Max Graf writes in “Legend of a Musical City”.
And, as in all fairy-tales, life there is easier, more brilliant and more exciting than anywhere else.
The waltzes Johann wrote for Vienna’s glittering balls, or for its charming cafes and gardens, made the waltz the world’s favorite dance, and made Vienna itself the most romantic of cities in the eyes and ears of the rest of the world. Vienna is the city of pleasure we are immersed now.
I do hope your today’s Friday is happy because the waltz’s motive in your head. My today’s Friday is happy because of the hymn of pleasure I am singing now. Thank You!
“Who does not Love Wine Wife & Song will be a Fool for his Lifelong!”