Visit from Windsor
Prince Charles at Musikverein
On the morning of April 6, 2017, music director Dr. Thomas Angyan was allowed to welcome royal guests to the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde: Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the Musikverein during their two-day stay in Vienna. With the utmost attention, they listened to the second movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, rehearsed by Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Golden Hall, and conducted lively and humorous conversations with the maestro, orchestral musicians as well as with the pupils present.
After this, the archive director Dr. Otto Biba presented them treasures from the in-house collections, such as the autographs of Mozart's great G minor symphony and Beethoven's "Eroica" with the erased dedication to Napoleon Bonaparte as well as - especially selected for music lover and former Cello student Prince Charles - Brahms' Cellosonata and two tickets for concerts given by Joseph Haydn in London.