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Vienna is famous for the Vienna waltz of Johann Strauss. The Vienna waltz ‘The Blue Danube’ is heard also often in the countries of the former Habsburg monarchy. Solidified in the minds of world public opinion, it is no wonder that the waltz also came to the dreams of the Tourism Marketing Manager. When tourists come to Vienna with appropriate expectations, it completes the circle of self-fulfilling prophecy on the beautiful blue Danube.

Viennese Classical
Vienna has long been next to Paris and Leipzig, the musical center of Europe. One speaks of representing the Viennese Classical (1800), the most important and best-known representatives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Joseph Haydn.

Vienna is also linked with the following composers: Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss Jr., Josef Lanner, Anton Bruckner, Franz Lehar, Gustav Mahler. Famous members of the Second Viennese School were Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Anton Webern. Further emphasis is Ernst Krenek.

The increased Vienna’s musical tradition has continued to attract many artists and composers, whose names are mentioned here only as examples: Ligeti, Kotaly ….

Contemporary Music
A look into the past should not obscure the fact that Vienna also has a rendezvous with contemporary music. The Klangforum Wien is a ensemble of soloists founded in 1985, with worldwide concert tours.

By 2000, Vienna became the unofficial capital of and downbeat in the field of electronic music. Examples include Kruder & Dorfmeister, Makossa and Peter Szely.

The New Year’s Concert
World famous is the great orchestra of the Vienna Philharmonic. They are recruited from members of the State Opera orchestra. With the New Year’s Concert at the Musikverein in Vienna, the orchestra has its great appearance with Vienna waltz from Strauss, Lanner & Co and the annual Radetzky march.

Austropop
If we are talking about pop music, then we have to speak about the Austropop too. Viennese musicians and singers such as Reinhard Fendrich (“Autostrada del Sole”), Ambrosia (“The Hofer’s”), Donovan (“What a naked person is doing in the Café Hawelka?”) They have been known since the 1970s in German-speaking countries, Falco landed international hits such as “Rock Me, Amadeus” or “The Commissioner”.