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Music in Vienna

Music in Vienna

Vienna Opera HouseVienna is to classical music what New Orleans is to Jazz. You can hear Mozart, Strauss, Schubert or Beethoven anywhere, but in Vienna, you walk in their footsteps, see where they lived and created. Anyone who loves music owes it to themselves to visit this musical Mecca. Among the great classical composers who lived and worked in Vienna, none is so famous as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Though he was poor and unappreciated at the time of his death in 1791, today Mozart is recognized as one of the greatest musical geniuses ever to walk the earth.

Mozarthaus in Domgasse 5 was reopened to the public on January 27th, 2006. It is the only Mozart flat that has been preserved. It was the place where Mozart composed "The Impresario" and "The Marriage of Figaro."

At Mozarthaus, you can view exhibits about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, listen to some of his melodies and get to know his musical Oeuvre. The first floor is where he lived, the second floor is dedicated to his work and the third has a collection about life in baroque Vienna.

Mozart's masterpieces are played throughout the year at the State Opera House, at the Volksoper or at the Theater an der Wien. Be sure and book tickets to any event at least one year in event.

You can learn more about the Vienna State Opera House at their website: http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at The Opera House offers two ways to enjoy yourself: a guided tour or a show. Built from 1861-1869 by August von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll, the Wiener Staatsoper is located in the first district of Vienna at the southern end of the Kärntnerstrasse. A night at the Staatsoper is one of the finest and most impressive events in Vienna.

The Wiener Sangerknaben Vienna Boys Choir was founded in 1498. It was founded by Emperor Maximilian I for private masses and concerts at court. Today, there are four boys choirs. The choristers are aged 11-14 and attend school together. They tour the world constantly and receive a top notch musical education.

On Sundays the Boy's Choir, accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus celebrate mass at the Hofmusikapelle at Vienna's Hofburg.

If you go to Vienna, you have to try the Wiener walzer or the Viennese Waltz. The waltz caused quite a scandal when it began in the 18th century because people were not used to a man and a woman holding each other gliding across the floor so closed together. The dance comes from a traditional Austrian folk dance called the Ländler. The waltz is danced in three-quarter time. It is much faster than the modern waltz with lots of quick changes in direction.

The club Flex has been called one of the best electronic night clubs in Europe. Placed near the Danube Canal, Flex has an incredible sound system, casual crowd and a gritty feel. Tuesday are electronic night, drum and bass night is Thursday and alternative rock is Wednesday. If you love electronic music, Flex is a must-see of modern Vienna.

Summer Stage is an outdoor/indoor venue that seats up to 700 people. During the summer, Summer Stage features different events. There are also Australian wine, Asian cuisine and Mexican cuisine. It is open from May to September, Monday-Saturday 5pm-1am, Sundays from 2pm. On the weekends, it is very busy so it is important to show up early, or reserve in advance.

On the path down to Summer Stage, there is a sculpture garden featuring works by young artists.

The Wienerlied is an important part of Viennese culture. Typically, the singing is accompanied by the zither, harp, violin, guitar, clarinet, the hurdy-gurdy. Piping, clapping hands and dudeln, a kind of elaborate yodeling, are also added to the mix. With its full use of the chromatic scale, the Wienerlied often shows the Viennese fascination with anything morbid. It is closely linked to the Prater, a Viennese fun fair featuring the Riesenrad or really big ferris wheel, which was erected in 1897 to celebrate Emperor Franz Josef's fiftieth anniversary.

Vienna, Austria has a rich and beautiful musical heritage. If you take a trip to this historic city, you owe it to yourself to enjoy the full Viennese musical repertoire, past and present. It will certainly be worth your while.