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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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Sun, 01 May 2016 08:03:11 -0700

At Northern Chords this year we will explore the music of Vienna, presented almost chronologically over three nights in May. We'll start with a wonderful piece for organ by one of the last Baroque Austrian composers, Johann Joseph Fux, and then journey ...

Washington Times Herald

Washington Times Herald
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:05:43 -0700

Qualifying programs include “The Music of Vienna,” which will feature a string quartet from Indiana University's Jacob's School of Music, “A Taste of Vienna,” “Travelogue Corfu and Kotor “ and “Made in Austria,” all programs presented by Chambon and ...


Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:00:43 -0800

Join us to hear the first concert in The Philadelphia Orchestra's "Music of Vienna" series, recorded live this past January at Verizon Hall. Pianist Jan Lisiecki, an audience favorite at only 20 years old, will be the soloist in Beethoven's Piano ...


Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:02:44 -0700

Vienna was a hotbed of musical evolution, and the second concert in the Philadelphia Orchestra's three-part series of the Music of Vienna shows us how far the symphony traveled in that time. On Sunday, March 20th at 1 pm Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the ...

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.


Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:13:57 -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 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 ...


Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:15:46 -0800

Mention the music of Vienna, and some of us automatically think of a waltz. But as WRTI's Susan Lewis reports, the city was a musical magnet for composers, especially from the late 18th century through the 19th and beyond.

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