Feuilleton 339 Andreas Augustin

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Built as the retreat for a prince, converted into a hotel for the perfect vacation, grown into a world class resort. The history of Schloss Velden is the fascinating tale of one of the legendary and unique hotels of Europe.

I remember giving reading instructions for my books. Following the introduction of “Sommerfrische”, I have added some “Hearing Instructions” to my book SCHLOSS VELDEN”. Listen to Brahms’ concert for violin, op. 77. For this newsletter is to short, wait until you have the book in your hands and switch to Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, its last movement — ‘The heavenly life’.

We are at “Sommerfrische”,

an Austrian term, as tricky to translate as, for example, ‘Zeitgeist’ or ‘Gemütlichkeit’, which have long found their way into the English language.
Velden was created at the very end of the 19th century as a summer retreat for the jaded and worried people from the thick air and hurry of the crowded towns. They were in search for peaceful spots where they could relax, recover and – of course – also show themselves off during their ‘Sommerfrische’.

Hand scribbled colour postcard from 1910, the lake and the castle are still there.


‘Sommerfrische’ is a wider idea than summer vacation. It refers to a time in summer when the nobility moved to their country houses, to the alpine resorts, to the lakes and mountains of Austria. It stands for summer (Sommer) and re-’fresh’-ing (frisch)

Sommerfrische is the landlocked response to the posh seaside resorts of Biarritz, Brighton or – to stay within the borders of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy – Abbazia (Opatia), Rimini or Porto Rosz. ‘Summer retreat’ is what writers from the Brontë sisters to Daphne du Maurier would have said and Rosamunde Pilcher might still use.  Welcome to Velden’s legendary Schlosshotel, today a retreat for all of us at all times of the year.

Reading Instructions

Let me welcome you to my small guided tour through Schloss Velden’s history. In this perfect setting, you will feel utterly relaxed. As background music I suggest Brahms’ concert for violin, op. 77, which he composed at Lake Woerth. Contemporary connoisseurs were deeply impressed by its elegance I also recommend listening to it in the morning when the sun rises above the lake, smiling at the Seespitz.
Experience the feeling of a lawn beneath your feet again, for instance at the ‘Beachclub’. The grass, still wet, will tickle your feet. Gustav Mahler, of course, is a good choice as well. He finished composing his Fourth Symphony here, its last movement — ‘The heavenly life’ — meant to be performed ‘comfortably’. No problem, right?  

Andreas Augustin


Villeggiatura

Chi non pensa a Zweig, Schnitzler, Thomas Mann, ai saloni dei Grand Hotel alpini, alle radure dei boschi d’abeti e ai rami di salici che si riflettono nei laghi di montagna? Il tuffo in acqua dal trampolino di 3 metri, il vento nei capelli, la vela che sbatte rumorosamente al vento durante la virata. Alle passeggiate sul lungolago, ai timidi sguardi sotto agli ombrelloni inclinati, la signorina, il signore. Il primo bikini, l’odore di crema solare, una scottatura. Un bacio fugace che si percepisce per giorni. La traccia di profumo su un fazzoletto di pizzo. Gli scrittori assorbivano l’atmosfera come una spugna un liquido prezioso, i pittori erano incantati dall’ “altra” luce, i compositori origliavano i suoni della natura. I realisti diventavano entusiasti, i timidi acquistavano coraggio e i sedentari marciavano nella natura.

Gli scenari di queste azioni cambiavano poco. Si potevano trovare sui laghi alpini, sulla spiaggia, nei paesi di montagna, nel Salzkammergut, sull’Adriatico. Erano i centri del mondo per i villeggianti di ieri e sono le chicche dei viaggiatori di oggi. Ormai il rito del tè delle cinque è stato sostituito dagli aperitivi, le buie sale da ballo di una volta dalle discoteche. Da Abbazia a Pörtschach, da Rimini e Porto Rosz ad Altaussee, la villeggiatura si diffonde come una sensazione che ormai non si limita più all’estate, ma per 365 giorni all’anno ci fa raggiungere quella calma che è preludio al vero rilassamento.
 
Ci s‘incontra. 

CONSIGLI PER L’ASCOLTO: 
Benvenuti alla mia piccola visita guidata nella storia del Castello di Velden, dove potrete rilassarvi piacevolmente in un ambiente meraviglioso.
Vi consiglio di ascoltare Brahms come sottofondo. Il suo concerto per violini, Op. 77 venne composto sul Lago di Wörth e colpì gli intenditori per la sua delicatezza.
Sentitela al mattino presto, quando il sole sorge sul lago e sorride sul ristorante Seespitz.
Mettetevi poi su un prato, ad esempio quello del “Beachclub”. L’erba ancora umida vi farà solletico sotto ai piedi. Naturalmente potrete ascoltare anche Gustav Mahler che proprio qui finì di comporre la sua quarta sinfonia, il cui ultimo tempo è intitolato “La vita divina” e che doveva proprio essere ambientato in un luogo “molto accogliente”. 
Andreas Augustin


Suite at Schlosshotel Velden


Sommerfrische

Wer denkt nicht an Zweig, Schnitzler, Thomas Mann, an die Salons der Grand Hotels der Alpen, an tannenumwachsene Waldlichtungen und Weidenäste, die in klaren Bergseen spielen? Der Sprung ins Wasser vom 3-Meter Brett. Der Wind im Haar, das Segel, das bei der Wende knatternd in den Wind schlägt. An Spaziergänge auf Seepromenaden, scheue Blicke unter gesenkten Sonnenschirmen, das Fräulein, der Herr. Der erste Bikini, der Geruch von Sonnencreme, ein Sonnenbrand. Ein flüchtiger Kuss, den man für Tage spürt. Der Hauch eines Parfums auf einem Spitzentaschentuch. Die Schriftsteller sogen die Atmosphäre auf wie ein Schwamm kostbares Nass, die Maler waren berauscht vom „anderen“ Licht, Komponisten lauschten den Tönen der Natur. Aus Realisten wurden Schwärmer, Schüchterne fassten Mut und der Stubenhocker marschierte in die Natur.

Die Schauplätze dieser Handlung variieren geringfügig. Sie sind an den Seen der Alpen, am Strand, in den Bergdörfern, dem Salzkammergut, an der Adria. Sie sind die Zentren der urlaubenden Welt von Gestern und die Hotspots der Traveller von heute. Aus dem Fünfuhrtee wurde längst das Vorglühen, die schummerige Tanzbar von einst ist die krachende Fete. Von Abbazia bis Pörtschach, von Rimini und Porto Rosz bis Altaussee verbreitet sich die Sommerfrische als ein Lebensgefühl, das heute schon längst nicht mehr nur im Sommer greift, sondern uns 365 Tage im Jahr jene knisternde Ruhe finden lässt, die wahrer Entspannung vorauseilt.

Man trifft sich. 

Hörhinweis 

Ich begrüße Sie zu meiner kleinen geführten Tour durch die Geschichte des Schloss Velden. In diesem wunderbaren Ambiente werden Sie sich herrlich entspannen.
Als Begleitmusik empfehle ich Brahms. Das Violinkonzert, Opus 77. Brahms hat es am Wörthersee komponiert. Kenner waren von seiner Leichtigkeit beeindruckt.
Man spiele es in der Früh, wenn die Sonne über dem See aufgeht und in den Seespitz lacht. 
Stellen Sie sich wieder einmal auf eine Wiese, zum Beispiel im Beachclub. Unter den Füßen soll das noch feuchte Gras kitzeln. Natürlich eignet sich auch Gustav Mahler. Er hat hier seine vierte Symphonie zu Ende komponiert. Der letzte Satz heißt „Das himmlische Leben“ und sollte tatsächlich „sehr behaglich“ angelegt werden. Kein Problem, oder?

Andreas Augustin


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