If a traveler wants to visit Europe this summer and wonders what classical music is being performed and where during his visit, there's an easier way to find out than checking with each country's tourist office.
It's "The Music Lover's Guide to Europe, a Compendium of Festivals, Concerts and Opera" (John Wiley & Sons), a new paperback easy to stash into your luggage.It claims to describe 600 events in 300 locations and says research was done by graduate students at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore from more than 1,500 festival and concert season brochures in 10 languages.
It has six pages of index. We looked up Llangollen, Wales, and found that that small town has, during one week in early July, folk singers and dancers from nearly 30 countries, most appearing in national costume. Several performances daily "in a giant marquee-pavilion."
Appendix A is New York addresses of European government tourist boards. Appendix B is "Opera in Europe," with Austria first and under it 11 towns with local festivals listings.
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Yugoslavia in Eastern Europe are included.
It's an easy guidebook to use. First comes a map with number keys to match an accompanying list of cities in alphabetical order. Next there's a month-by-month listing of what's going on in each listing.
The cities and listings make a music lover's ears tingle. At Bad Ischl, where Franz Lehar wrote most of his operetta, there's a week with Philippe Entremont and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and eight weeks of operettas.
In Bregenz, an enormous stage floats on Lake Constance, where operas are performed for four weeks. The book says the Bregenz Festival was started in 1946 "to offer the war-weary people pleasure."
For the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, an entry warns, "Tickets should be requested nine months in advance."
This is the kind of guidebook that you'll dip into for information but read on through for pleasure.