AUSTRIA and Germany are two countries which could be easily confused. The reasons are simple - the people speak a similar language, are close to each other and their music often sounds alike. As far as music is concerned, Austria is no less influential than Germany. For example, one easily associates Salzburg and Vienna with composers such as Hadyn, Mozart or Schubert. How special is Austrian music? Very. Although not an Austrian by blood, Gustav Mahler was fascinated by the Landler (a type of Austrian folksong) and incorporated characteristics of the music into his symphonic movements. This type of music is best exemplified by the musical The Sound of Music , which has won the hearts of many people all over the world. Austria is a land of musical creativity. It gave rise to the Viennese waltzes, polkas, marches and operettas. Friends of the Philharmonic will hold two lectures entitled ''Around the World with Music - Austria, the Land of Music'' in Cantonese on March 5 and 12 from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at the Conference Room I, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong CulturalCentre. The fee is $40 (Friend) or $60 (Non-Friend). The fee is inclusive of two lectures. Handouts will be distributed. For tickets, call Jimmy Shiu on 721-2320.