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Music of Vienna

Updated on February 18, 2013

Music of Vienna

More than 10 000 music fans enjoy listening to classical music in Vienna every night - there is nothing like this to be met in any other city in the world. Annually there are more than 15 000 performances of various genres and scales held in Vienna, according to its concert calendar. Isn't it great?

I visited this wonderful city myself a couple of months ago, and I should say I was deeply impressed by its charm and attractiveness. Being a big fan of classical music myself, I couldn't help but feel the passionate love for it that was soaring in the air of the city. Could it be different though? The motherland of greatest classical names in the history of music - meet Vienna. My trip couldn't remain unmarked, so I decided to make up my own list of classical compositions that are now clearly and dearly associated with Vienna-wonder-city for me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Johann Strauss Sr -Tales from the Vienna Woods (Vienna 1825 - 1899)

Many waltzes by Johann Strauss II bear the character of symphonic pieces, though they manage to preserve the magic rhythm and charm of dance melodies. Hardly do the Tales from the Vienna Woods begin to sound, when I start imagining the trees in the forest morning fog and hearing the voices of the waking up birds. A perfect gift of conveying the mood by means of musical instruments is probably the reason why the brilliant composer is so loved by music lovers. Tales from the Vienna Woods, Op.325 - digital sheet music

Rudolf Sieczynski – Vienna, City of my Dreams (Vienna 1879 - 1952)

Rudolf Sechinski was born in Vienna in 1879 and spent his entire life there. Composing “Vienna, City of my dreams”, he was trying to speak about the love to his small motherland. This composition that was obviously was made up in the rhythm of waltz brings me back to the romantic time of the Strauss.

Johann Strauss - Emperor Waltz (Vienna 1825 - 1899)

The Emperor after which the waltz got its name was Franz Josef I. in the years of his reining from 1848 till 1916 Vienna was the central city of Europe. There is an opinion that back at that time it was even more beautiful than Paris in its splendor. Like everyone else, he felt perfect at the parquets of the dance halls, where waltzes were the main accompaniment of every ball.

Franz von Suppe - Light Cavalry Overture (Split 1819 - Vienna 1895)

Franz von Suppe became one of the most typical Viennese composers, though he came from a mixed Italian-belgian family. His most well-known operetta “Light Cavalry” was performed for the first time in Vienna on March 24, 1866. Already in the first sounds of his overture to the “Light Cavalry” we can hear such features of composer’s talents as cheerfulness and the courage of expression.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Menuet (Salzburg 1756 - Vienna 1791)

Once upon a time Mozart decided to create a menuet in Haydn style. It concerns the classical sample of dance music. But this "Menuet", as well as "German Dances" can boast of original melodic findings and perfection that were so brightly revealed in composer's later compositions.Minuet in D Major, K.355 - digital sheet music

Johann Strauss Sr - Radetzky March (Vienna 1804 - 1849)

The life of Joseph Radetzky, one of the best Austrian commander-in-chiefs, was extremely bright. Being still a young man, he fought against Napoleon in Italy and showed great courage. In the battle at Marengo Joseph was injured 5 times. In 1809 he was ranked field marshal. Soldiers called him father and worshiped him, being sure he was a perfect leader. Radetzky's fame was so great that when Austria was being defeated in Northern Italy battle after battle, he was called back from retirement and in the head of the Army, that soon gained victory over the enemy. That is exactly why the marsh composed by Strauss in commemoration of those events couldn't have a different name.Radetzky March (Piano Part), Op.228 - Digital sheet music

Charming Vienna. Isn't it luring?

What struck me most when I was walking along the magnificent streets was the feeling of that emperor grandeur. It was almost hearing the sounds of magic waltz coming from the the ball of His Highness...

If you already experienced this awe yourself - do tell me how it was for you. If not - tell me what are your musical associations with this emperor's city!

How do you feel about it? - My dear friends, I did have an indescribable impression of this music city and I hope to come visit it at least once again.

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      Donna Cook 

      4 years ago

      Great lens! I wholeheartedly wish that I could visit Vienna. I would love to see the The Lipizzaner Stallions perform to "Three Marches Militaires" by Franz Schubert, attend the New Year's Eve concert of The Vienna Philharmonic, or go to a concert by The Vienna Mozart Orchestra. Thanks for taking me there is spirit.

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      5 years ago

      @Lensmaster...A visit to Vienna to enjoy its classical music up front among the 10,000 that experience it every night -- wow! That would be a dream come true! Thanks for bringing this Purple Star Lens to us to enjoy Vienna here!

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      5 years ago

      Vienna is a beautiful city to live in. I spent a short while there in 1996 - not long enough. The musical life in Vienna is wonderful.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A concert in Vienna of Viennese music is a great experience.

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      6 years ago


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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I love Viennese music This lens well deserved the purple star it received.,

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      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It's great you got a chance to visit Vienna. I didn't quite enjoy classical music when I was younger, but as I grew older, I started enjoying many of the compositions.

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      7 years ago

      I think it's a gift that people are born in Vienna, it seems like people from Vienna have at least some music talent....

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful music, Strauss waltzes are a big fave! Thank you for sharing!

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Lovely lens, showcasing this unique musical environment. We went to Vienna last year and had a great time listening to and experiencing music. A highlight was the music museum. You can even conduct your own orchestra there - a magnificent piece of interactive technology. However, there were many highlights of that trip.

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      7 years ago

      very nice lens!

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      7 years ago

      @Joyce Mann: Viennese waltzes are a delicacy, I just released a Lens on them !

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      7 years ago

      Vienna indeed is a great city ! A city of music and elegance !

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      Joyce T. Mann 

      7 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      Strauss waltzes were my first introduction to classical music when I was a child. Thanks! A wonderful lens.

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      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wonderful music!

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      7 years ago

      You must have thought you were in music heaven! I grew up listening to the music of Vienna as my Mom was quite the fan. My sister was just telling me that she was dancing to Strauss and Perpetual Motion was quite the challenge, May you return many times! Congratulations on that lovely purple star!

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      7 years ago

      I'm not a classical music fan. But I did enjoy a concert when I went to Vienna, it was the sense of history I think.

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      That must have been quite the trip, wow! I love all of these composers. Squid Angel Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      Great Purple Star lens! Viennese music is in my blood...I visted Vienna, such a beautiful city...and I love the masters that came from there.

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens. I would love to go to Vienna one day, and it would be great to listen to some Austrian classics in the city where they were originally heard.

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      7 years ago

      Vienna is a lovely city and I do enjoy the music of it's masters. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Hadn't known that beautiful Vienna has music as epicenter and in the heart of people. Given a chance, I would definitely like to enjoy it.

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      SweetMarie83 LM 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful, interesting lens! I've never been to Vienna, but I certainly want to go after reading this!

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      I would love to go to a classical music concert in Vienna, it sounds like the perfect city to have as a backdrop.

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      7 years ago

      I liked it. Thanks for the good lens and for stopping by :-)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      I've been to Vienna twice and attended both a chamber concert and a performance of The Magic Flute. It was awesome to walk the streets once walked by Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, etc., etc., etc.

      I'd like to add that Vienna was memorable for the quality and quantity of it's art galleries. We spent a lot of hours in them.

      I like this. I'm a fan, and I will lensroll this to my Mozart 40th Symphony lens, which has consistently surprised me with it's high ranking and regular visitors.

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      7 years ago

      Just listening to "Menuet (Salzburg 1756 - Vienna 1791) " and enjoying very much.

      Thanks for posting it on your lens.

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      sorana lm 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. It reminded me of my visits to Vienna. It is a beautiful place. Waltz, and Strauss, and Mozart ... what fabulous music they created! Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens! We've never been to Vienna, but you make it sound wonderful. :)

    • InnaTsv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks a lot! I appreciate your enjoying my lens ! +)

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens and could not agree with you more. Great music from this location and era. featured this on How to Make Good Music

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      8 years ago

      @maplesyrup59: thank you! I'm sure you'll visit it soon and hear the city with your own ears! :)

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      8 years ago

      I hope to visit Vienna soon as I hear it is such a beautiful city. I am a big fan of all those Viennese composers, and was reintroduced to them several years back upon hosting some Austrian exchange students. Nice lens!


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