About Vienna - Your City Travel Guide
About Vienna - Your City Travel Guide
About Vienna - Your City Travel Guide

Viennese Culture

Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

From the very early age of 4 years, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart received musical education from his father. At the age of 5 he was presented as an infant prodigious and performed his first musical tour, through Europe.

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AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven received his musical education by his father Johann, who was a singer and instrumentalist in the service of the Elector of Cologne at Bonn.

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Joseph Haydn

At the age of 8 Joseph Haydn was sent to Vienna as a choirboy at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Until 1750 he studied violin and different keyboard instruments and started to compose his first work.

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Franz Schubert

Throughout his childhood Franz Schubert developed a dedication to music and studied piano, organ, violin and singing. By 1814 he had already produced a lot of work, including piano pieces, string quartets, his first symphony and a three act opera.

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Johann Strauss Jr.

Johann Strauss Jr. was born on the 25th of October 1825, as the first son of Johann Strauss Sr. Although his father, a famous musician himself, forbid him a musical career, he rather cared for violin lessons, than his schoolwork.

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JOHANN STRAUSS JR. (1825-1899)
Johann Strauss Sr.

Johann Strauss Sr. was born on the 14th of March 1804, as the son of an innkeeper. The location of his father's inn at the Danube Channel and the neighboring harbor influenced Johann Sr. enthusiasm for popular dance music.

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JOHANN STRAUSS SR. (1804-1849)
Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was born near Hamburg and as a son of a musician, he obtained a musical education. Brahms was traveling around Europe and gave concerts of his own music and after he became the manager of the Vienna Singers' Academy in 1862 and in 1868.

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JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Arnold Scönberg

Vienna's fascination with 'serious' music did not vanish at the end of the 19th century, nor did the Viennese confine themselves to the classic standards of Mozart, Beethoven or the Strauss family. Find out about Schönberg and the second Viennese school.

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ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951)
Vienna Boy's Choir

Vienna Boys' Choir is known all over the world for their angelic voices and sailor suits. Their repertoir ranges from liturgic songs which they perform at Sunday Mass, to secular songs, motets and childrens' operas.

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Orchestra

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1848 as the first professional orchestra in Vienna. They are considered to be one of the best orchestras world wide.

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VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Joe Zawinul

Joe Zawinul, Austria's finest jazz export, actually started out as a classic musician. Highly talented and with perfect pitch, he was awarded a stipend for an excellent music training. But he soon found out that classic music was not what he wanted to play and turned to jazz.

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Falco

Falco was born in Vienna as Johann Hölzl. Starting at an early age, Falco's interest was turned to music. After playing in different bands like Drahdiwaberl and the Spinning Wheel he decided to start a solo career and his first album in 1982 "Einzelhaft" was a bestseller at once.

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DJ Ötzi

DJ Ötzi was born as Gerry Friedle in St Johann in Tyrol. After his mother gave him up for adoption, he was raised by his grandmother. In school he was always an outsider and after he failed the School of Agriculture, he started an apprenticeship as a cook.

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Viennese Waltz

The Viennese waltz has its origins in the 18th century with the advent of a bourgeois society. The intricate patterns of aristocratic dances were superseded by a more intimate form of dancing with a couple embracing each other and moving jointly over the dance floor.

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Wiener Prater

The 'Wienerlied' blends comic, melancholic and morbid elements. Its popularity is closely linked to locations of popular amusement like the Prater or the numerous Heurigen in Vienna's suburbs, which keep the tradition alive till today.

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VIENNESE FOLK SONGS