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{SPEAKER name="Lisa Chickering "}
Work is over and now, as all boys, they're anxious to play.

Yearly the boys appear in concerts throughout the world — and in Vienna, along with their traditional singing Sunday Mass at the Hofburg Chapel, they perform at the state opera, in films, at festive occasions, and they're certainly a cherished part of the Viennese musical life.


After lunch, they hike up a mountain path to a clearing for more games and play.

They're always under the watchful eye or, as here, on the shoulders of older boys who were once choir boys themselves.

Many have gone on to great positions in the musical world and have become famous conductors and composers — such as Haydn, Schubert, and Bruckner, just to name a few.

Well here, I'm afraid, it looks like they're getting ready for their American tour.


It's a sad day when their voices change and [[they]] can no longer be a member of the celebrated group — but they're not dismissed, but instead can remain for as many years as they had spent singing.

They do chores — such as giving a muchly needed bath to the car, take care of the younger boys, and help run the hotel — aside from being able to pursue their studies and complete their higher education.

The performing choir boys' only duty in the summer is to sing, rest, and play. Or, as here, wander off to explore the beautiful countryside.

Little Hans' watch must say it's time for their talk with Professor Grossman, who gives several hours a day to individual instruction. So off they go to meet him.

Professor Grossman not only wants them to know the music, but also to understand it's spiritual meaning, so tells them the biblical stories connected with it.

Hereto, he's going over their parts of Schubert's Serenade.


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