Gwendolyn Toth

Gwendolyn Toth is the director of the New York City-based early music ensemble, ARTEK, and a soloist on early keyboards (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano). She is married to harpsichordist Dongsok Shin, and they have three children.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Vienna in the rain

On the 21st we had the first of several all-day train trips, traveling from Holland through Germany to Vienna - starting at 7:30 am and arriving about 9:30 pm. A long day. Samantha shows her genetic kinship with her dad: she slept nearly the entire journey, just as he does. Fortunately, I had multiple books on my eReader.

We stayed with my friend Augusta Campagne, a member of the harpsichord faculty at the University of Vienna, who was hard at work on her soon-to-be-finished doctoral dissertation on early music printing. We've visited Augusta so many times now that her home feels like our "home-away-from-home". (She'll be visiting me in NYC next spring.) In Vienna, we visited briefly the instrument collection in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, where I was able to take pictures of several pianos with inlaid stringing decoration somewhat like our own Benedict piano for Dongsok. Plus trips to three art museums: the Belvedere with Klimt, the Kunsthistoriches Museum, and the Leopold Museum. (I am getting a bit museumed-out at this point.)

More rain and cool weather, of course...though not as persistent as in Holland! Poor Dongsok is still sweltering in New York.

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