Joondalup Times - - STREET WATCH -

MU­SIC THE mu­sic of Jo­hann Strauss Jr. is as in­grained in the cul­ture to the peo­ple of Vienna as Cold Chisel or Aus­tralian Crawl is in­grained to Aus­tralians.

This is what Aus­tralian dou­ble bass player Andrew Sin­clair came to re­alise while liv­ing in the Aus­trian cap­i­tal for 10 years.

“Up un­til then the waltzes and polkas and mu­sic of Jo­hann Strauss Jr. was the mu­sic I’d play at wed­dings and I didn’t really take it so se­ri­ously,” Sin­clair, of Dun­craig, said.

“Liv­ing there helped my mu­sic in that it gave me an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for where all of these com­po­si­tions were pre­miered and also the psy­che of the peo­ple that the mu­sic was be­ing writ­ten for.”

Grow­ing up in Bris­bane, Sin­clair was given the op­tion at school to play dou­ble bass be­cause he was “tall, had big hands and my par­ents had a big car”.

He moved to Vienna with his wife in 1996 to fur­ther his stud­ies, plan­ning to stay for a year and only know­ing how to count to 10 in Ger­man.

Ten years later, Sin­clair had be­come flu­ent in the lan­guage

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