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Austria: Sounds of Music. Operettas, concerts, festivals

There is one opera in the world that regularly attracts visitors from around the world who do not know anything about opera. This building is the State Opera in Vienna, where you can listen to the Vienna Boys Choir. When people think about luxury train journeys, they often think of music - waltzes of Johann Strauss Jr., operettas of Gluck and Mozart symphonies of Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler and Bruckner. Ironically, only Schubert of all known composers whose names are associated with Vienna, was born in Vienna. Others went there because it is the leading musical center in the world since the 17th century. Habsburg Empire come and gone, and Vienna, now the capital of the Republic of Austria, remains a huge music scene for many festivals, operettas, concerts and other events throughout the year. Though Vienna has the most seats for the performance of musical works - Musikverein (home of the Vienna Philharmonic), the State Opera and others - visitors in every part of the country can enjoy great music, as Bregent Opera Festival performed in the far west of Austria or concerts of Haydn in Burgenlend, near the border with Hungary, music is everywhere. Vienna is the city where music lovers can see the rooms, as well as performances of the highest caliber. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the greatest orchestras, and her home, Musikverein, is notorious for its wonderful acoustics. One of the most popular events that occurred there during the year is New Year's Concert with music by Strauss, father and son. The musicians of the Philharmonic in turn are the core of the orchestra of the State Opera. Sashtatata this State Opera is an integral part of the landscape of the famous Ringstraße, where Emperor Franz Joseph, built many, one of the most important, beautiful and large public buildings. With more than 50 different operatic productions presented each year, the State Opera invites many of the greatest singers in the world. Her music directors were also prominent names such as Gustav Mahler, Clemens Krauss, Karl Bohm and Herbert van Karajan.

Romania: gypsy music

In Romania there are significant minorities of Hungarians, Gypsies, Germans and Ukrainians. Traditional (folk) culture has had a strong influence on the art of gypsy artists. Life and customs of the gypsy (people dealing mainly with agriculture and cattle) were long preferred source of inspiration of the Romanian writers. The works of many Romanian composers are partly influenced by Romanian folk music. Composer George Enescu, the sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi and writer Eugen Ionescu are perhaps the most famous Romanian artists. Works of Enescu called "Romanian Rhapsodies" are basically the Romanian folk music. Some of the sculptures of Brankush also contain elements of Romanian gypsy folk art.

Reggae of Jamaica

Jamaica offers tourists a wide variety of interesting places. Those who want to rest in peace, can enjoy the nature and beaches and to explore the history of the island nation, while more adventurous have the opportunity to try their luck in a casino. Trip to Jamaica a chance of a person to dive into the rich history of the old sugar plantations, to walk through ancient forests, to see where the books are written about James Bond or visit any of the sites dedicated to Bob Marley. Undoubtedly impact that Bob Marley had on the island nation, so it is not surprising that you can see many attractions dedicated to the singer. Reggae fans will certainly want to have visited the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Bob Marley Experience and Theater in Montego Bay and mausoleum Bob Marley in Ocho Rios. Historic houses as Bloomfield Great House in Kingston Rose Hall Plantation and the plantations of Jamaica enable one to look into the past of the country and to learn more about slavery on the island. Coyaba River Garden and Museum is another interesting historical attraction in Ocho Rios.

The romanticism of music and travel is enhanced by luxury train trips, the old world glamour of train travel being the perfect setting for the coming together of music and travel.

Tango music- from traditional tango to nuevo tango bands like Bajofondo. Tango in the milongas of Buenos Aires

Homeland of Tango is argued among several countries. The true is that it shows simultaneously in Argentina, Uruguay and Spain. Of course, for dispute and word is out, since different countries dance takes many paths. However, some sources are more likely to show mostly Argentine and Spanish folk dances such as progenitors. At the beginning of the 19th century represented dance solo performance of a women. Andalusian tango comes on and then it already differentiated pairs. The characteristic feature is that its implementation be used castanets.

Some argue that the history of the dance starts from the Argentinean "gauchos". According to this "legend" Gaucho Land leather clothes were old, hardened by the sweat of horses riding and a specific bend in the knees - also result from prolonged riding. For this reason, these men walked slightly crouched (which partly explains why Tango competitions  today run on bent knees).

Nowadays extreme popularity in Buenos Aires and entire Argentina has Nuevo tango bands like Bajofondo - pioneer in what has been known all over the world as “electrotango,”. Tango in the milongas of Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires is full of tango. Most tourists visiting the city only ever have access to smallest section, the part the city creates for them. The dancers in La Boca, the tango shows hawked by tour guides and hotel concierges. But Buenos Aires IS tango… there is so much more. And it’s way more complicated than it looks on stage.


Posted Jan 24, 2015 at 6:32am