Vienna, Austria: Classical Music

With roots going back before 500 BC, the city of Vienna has stood the test of time. In short, Vienna is the capital and the largest city in the country of Austria. Its predominant ancestry is rooted in its Celtic and Roman heritage. Essentially, Vienna’s tenure and heritage has continually placed it as one of the premiere, cultural capitals of Europe. In fact, Vienna’s historical culture has played a foundational role in music from the Viennese Classicism period to the modern-day 20th century.

In essence, classical music was born in Vienna. Technical, refined, and sometimes opulent; classical music generally consists of instruments found in an orchestra. Furthermore, while many genres of popular music lend themselves to the song form; classical music can arranged for concertos, symphonies, sonatas, and operas. Additionally, classical music is consistently featured in pop culture, especially in television, commercials, and movies. This is because of its inherit ability to set a mood for the listener. Thus, it is easy to see why it is still one of the most popular forms of music in the world today.

Map

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Photo Tours

Vienna Photo Tour - Visit Vienna virtually through an interactive map that provides 360º images of the city. Just click on a hotspot on the map for complete immersion. The link will open a new browser window.

Classical Music Composers - View the portraits and bios of the all-time great composers. For each composer, you will find vital statistics, a short biographical sketch, a few fun facts, and even samples of their music. The link will open a new browser window.

Audio Sample

Click play on the audio player to hear a sample of Classical music.

Beethoven - Piano Sonata in C Minor (Opus 111), Movement 1

Video of Classical Music

Click on the image below to watch a performance by the Vienna Philharmonic. Watch a half hour of the full concert including pieces by Franz Lizst and Fritz Kreisler. The link will open a new browser window.

Video of Classical Music