Martin Sieghart


A Book

Martin Sieghart bridged the Covid-induced period of inactivity by writing a book:

"Transitions." A musician's Experience in 50 Chapters

Transitions from biographical tales to those inhabiting a fitional dream realm. 

Inspired by a visit to a Grinzing "Heurigen", where an exceptionally talented young man sang and played music, he invents a fledgeling pianist from Transylvania who is forced by circumstance to relinquish his promising career and eventually comes to Vienna, where he succeeds in making a solid living by becoming a Heurigen musician performing in the various languages of his German/Hungarian/Romanian heritage before ultimately seeing a concert grand piano that was brought to his venue for a reception ...  

A TV sleuth, long weary of his profession, has to endure Mozart's Requiem during a shoot of his series in the small country church of "Leidenstein". His initial total aversion towards this idea gradually becomes a deep and existential experience that ultimately leads to his redemption. 

Memories of his life in 1960s Vienna, of playing the organ in Upper Austria, of his great mentor Josef Mertin, of his years as a member of the Vienna Symphony, his time as chief conductor in Stuttgart, Linz, and Arnhem, of a wonderful encounter with Henri Dutilleux, and of some less than wonderful ones with other famous names. Of his opera festival at Reinsberg, of Strauss concert tours to Japan and of benefit performances. 

Of an evening drinking beer with Anton Bruckner and his Adagio from his 6th Symphony; of the Bohemian Forest, and much more. 

The book will be published by Hollitzer in autumn, 2021. 

Ein Buch