>Musical Chairs*

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My colleagues call this this pretty rotunda by the river the Rundgemälde, although that word actually refers to the large, round panorama painting that it until recently housed, a late-19th-century depiction of the Battle of Bergisel (the third one, in August 1809, the one where they really stuck it to the Bavarians.) The painting was moved out the rotunda last year and transported to its new home, a new museum right on the mountain it depicts (opening in March.) I have not heard anything lately about what might now occupy this historically protected building.
At the same time, there is continuing talk in the news about tearing down the Stadtsäle, a dark-yellow block of metal concrete (in which the orchestra rehearses, unhappily) which had been built to replace the Baroque Schönheit that had been done in by Allied bombs. (Think of the Berliner Schloß and the Palast der Republik, on a smaller scale. Although I kind of miss the Palast der Republik. It had its own history.) What the city wants to build is a Haus der Musik, with superior rehearsal spaces and room for the Music School as well. They have a a few existing tenants to take care of first, one being a restaurant (which knows it’s on borrowed time, according to the newspapers) and a ballroom dance school, which looks to be the main obstacle to closing the building.
I don’t suppose they (meaning the dance school) would want to move down the street into that very pretty rotunda, would they? Think of all that natural light!

*Which in German, by the way, is called Reise nach Jerusalem, or “journey to Jerusalem”. I have been told it probably refers back to the Crusades.

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4 Responses to >Musical Chairs*

  1. Paschberg says:

    >Would the acoustics be appropriate? Royal Albert Hall is an ellipse (and larger). It would be however nice – if the space remains in some characteristcs unaltered – so you can feel the interior. Btw. no good example for such alterations is Ickworth House in East Anglia, where they build square rooms into a rotunda like building (although outside it looks very impressiv – and the paintings-collection is a surprise in those pastoral sidings)In case our rotunda cannot be used for musicians it maybe would fit as a smaller version of a roundhouse like Mount Clare in Baltimore – in the Innsbruck case housing some rolling stock of the TMB – well compared to a hoaus of music this would be seen as disdainful handling of this monument 😉

  2. Marcellina says:

    >What about Tanzschule Polai in the Rundgemälde? That is actually what I was trying to suggest. I think the space could work very well for ballroom dancing.TMB: Tiroler MuseumsBahnen? That might be pretty cool, with the old Hungerburgbahn bridge still there — just extend the Nr. 1 streetcar tracks into the building!

  3. Paschberg says:

    >Ah – now I understand. A hall with no corner were men could hide, avoiding to dance….TMB – yes extending into the building ….and maybe pulling them up on the hungerburgbahn bridge-like here http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:2e40x-020493santanastasio.jpg&filetimestamp=20081110205353funiculi-funicula!

  4. Marcellina says:

    >maybe pulling them up on the hungerburgbahn bridgeAnd then letting them go from the top of the bridge — Innsbruck's own oldtimer-train-disaster-thrillride!

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