Saturday, January 31, 2009

Austria: Vienna Philharmonic

This stamp was issued 28 March 1967 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Scott 789 includes an organ facade, a violin and laurel leaves. The facade is not clear. The Phil plays usually in the Golden Hall of the Music Academy, but that is not the facade include on this stamp. This could be the organ at the Schlosskapelle in Schoenbrunn. Here is information on that organ. I don't know if the Phil ever plays at Schoenbrunn, and if not why this facade might be on the stamp. If you can help identify this facade for certain, please contact me, so I can have the correct information here.


Richard Robinson said...

I think I have an answer! The organ is in the Millstatt Abbey in Karnten. I base this on two postcards from 1990 and 1992 International Music Week in Karnten. The cards have the Vienna Philharmonic Stamp and the cancellation shows the Abbey and an organ facade that matches the stamp. The Philharmonic probably played there during the festival. I cannot find any photos of the organ. I would be happy to scan and send you a picture. I have two of the cards. Would you like one of them?

Mike Barker said...

Your supposition sounds promising. I would very much appreciate seeing an image of this organ. You can get my email from the sidebar information. Thanks very much!

Unknown said...

I liked your blog so much I have started one of my own. I scanned the two envelopes from Millstatt Abbey. You have really inspired me to do this. Thnks!