Saturday, January 2, 2016

Austria: Musikfreunde

Austria issued this stamp 1 January 2012 commemorating the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien (Association for the Friends of Music in Vienna) and its 100th anniversary. The round stamp is striking for its gold-colored central image sharply contrasting with the red border. The stamp was issued as a single stamp in a mini-sheet, denominated 90c. The stamp shows the organ in its gallery in the Musikverein in Vienna, the organ facade and a nude female figure from the casework. This instrument has been on Austrian stamps before. This then would be the new Rieger instrument installed within the original case in 2011-2012. This article discusses the instrument in detail. Rieger gives some additional information and pictures here.

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