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Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and has long been one of the major centers for cultural development in central Europe.

Music organizations in Vienna include the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, which has been promoting musical development in the city since 1812. The Vienna Boys Choir has an even longer history, dating back to 1498, while the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is also renowned [1].

Major music venues in Vienna include the State Opera House, the People's Opera House, the Burgtheater, and the Theater an der Wien, the former three of which are owned by the federal government [2].

Viennese classicism[edit]

Main article: Viennese classicism

The city was home to many great composers of the classical music era, during the early 19th century, such as Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven; this was called Viennese classicism [3].


Main article: Schrammelmusik

The most popular form of modern Austrian folk music is Viennese schrammelmusik, which is played with an accordion and a double-necked guitar. Modern performers include Roland Neuwirth, Karl Hodina and Edi Reiser.

Schrammelmusik arose as a mixture of rural Austrian, Hungarian, Slovenian, Moravian and Bavarian immigrants crowded the slums of Vienna. At the time, waltzes and ländlers mixed with the music of the immigrants absorbing sounds from all over central and eastern Europe and the Balkans. The name Schrammelmusik comes from two of the most popular and influential performers in Schrammelmusik's history, brothers Johann and Josef Schrammel. The Schrammels formed a trio called along with bass guitarist Anton Strohmayer and helped bring the music to the middle- and upper-class Viennese, as well as people from surrounding areas. With the addition of a clarinetist, George Dänzer, they formed the Schrammel-Quartett, and Schrammelmusik's form settled on a quartet.

Neuwirth is a younger performer who has incorporated foreign influences, most especially the blues, to some criticism from purists. He is the leader of the band Extremschrammeln.


Main article: Wienerlied

The Wienerlied is a unique and very popular song genre from Vienna. There are approximately 60,000 – 70,000 Wienerlieder[1]

Music Festivals[edit]

Yearly the Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference takes place in October. This festival is a showcase festival for European pop music acts.


  1. ^ Wiener Volksliederwerk, Zum Wienerlied

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347 news items

Rossland News
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:56:15 -0800

Two local musicians are holding a three-part concert series to raise money for local organizations. Violinist Carolyn Cameron and pianist Dawna Kavanagh will be playing three Music of Vienna concerts before mid-February, the first being held in ...

Bradenton Herald (blog)

Bradenton Herald (blog)
Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:39:36 -0800

The music of Vienna comes to Sarasota. "Salute to Vienna" returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. PUBLICITY PHOTO Chris Lee. i. "Salute to Vienna" returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. PUBLICITY PHOTO Chris Lee.

New York Classical Review

New York Classical Review
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:03:45 -0800

For their second Carnegie Hall appearance of the season, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra brought a peculiar program taken directly from a three-part “Music of Vienna” series that they are presenting back home on South Broad Street.


Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:07:30 -0800

Some programs in the Philadelphia Orchestra's three-week Music of Vienna Festival could have happened anywhere in the season. But Wednesday night's program at the Kimmel Center was much more adventurous than that. With engaging recklessness ...

Rossland Telegraph

Rossland Telegraph
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:03:45 -0800

Musicians Dawna Kavanagh and Carolyn Cameron plan to perform the “Music of Vienna” on piano and violin. Admission is by donation and there will be wine served at a cash bar. Please reserve your spot by contacting Melva Scott at miscott@telus.net.


Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:19:18 -0800

The city of Vienna and its appeal to artists and innovators are the focus of a three-week-long arts festival in New York kicking off tonight. Spearheaded by Carnegie Hall and 23 partner cultural institutions throughout the city, the festival, “Vienna ...

GlobeNewswire (press release)

GlobeNewswire (press release)
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:39:00 -0800

... they operate, announced that its Chairman, Ricardo B. Salinas, inaugurated The House of Music of Vienna at La Constancia, the headquarters of the Esperanza Azteca network of youth orchestras and choirs that improve lives of underprivileged children.

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:18:45 -0800

Other January concerts performed by the Howard County Concert Orchestra in recent years featured music from places such as Norway and Spain. Mutchnik now feels it's time to revisit the music of Vienna. Indeed, it was a trip he made there that convinced ...

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