Where Beethoven and Schubert walked

Where Beethoven and Schubert walked

Not far from my university classroom building on Schekenstrasse stands one of the few remaining portions of the old city wall dating from 1531, called the Mölker Bastei (bastion). It’s especially known as a small preserve of actual (as opposed to historisches Stil) Baroque buildings, including the Dreimäderlhaus where Schubert reportedly courted three young maidens simultaneously(for more on that romanticized story see http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drei_M%C3%A4derl_um_Schubert). The house is not open to the public, but an elegant leather goods store occupies the ground floor so it is possible to go inside to get a feel for the “bones” of the building. Better known is the 18th century “Pasqualatihaus” around the corner where Beethoven lived as a guest of Josef Benedikt Baron Pasqualati, and wrote his 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th symphonies, his opera “Fidelio,” and a number of other works. There is a small museum upstairs in Beethoven’s quarters, and a tiny Beethoven shop on the ground floor.
1-14 Molker Bastei Baroque facade

1-14 Baroque building on Molker Bastei

Entering the inner courtyard is like stepping back in time to the early 1800’s…
1-14 Beethoven courtyardBeethoven courtyard


About pcooperwhite

Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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