Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart definitely influenced the musical history of the Viennese Classic like no other. Born in Salzburg 1756, the young talent soon set out to travel to the glorious city of Vienna. There he was able to celebrate the peak of his career with the famous Opera “Così fan tutte” around 1790. “La Clemenza di Tito” and „Die Zauberflöte“ which premiered for the first time shortly after that, are still regarded to be incomparable musical masterpieces until today.
The Serenade „Die kleine Nachtmusik” can be named as his most famous work, with an unique composition and melody that is still heard around the globe. In Vienna’s Burggarten you can find an epic statue of the genius composer, who had to die way too early at the age of only 35. His most beautiful pieces can be heard at our concerts where we try every night to live up to his talent and passion for the Viennese Classic.
In his early childhood Ludwig van Beethoven already learned to play the piano, the organ and the violin and composed his first pieces being only 12 old. Around 1792 the Bonn-born young musician moved to Vienna, where he also stayed until the end of his impressive life. His only opera “Fidelio” became a flagship of the Viennese Classic, although it was a rough start. Only years after the first debut this piece was recognized for its beautiful sound by the Viennese audience.
Beethoven strongly suffered from a long lasting hearing disorder accompanied by tinnitus. These health conditions led to complete deafness at the age of 48. With the “9. Symphony“ he created a masterpiece that is still influencing our music history today. By the time of its debut Beethoven could already not hear the richly deserved thunderous applause. With the only the first notes played at the beginning almost everyone in the world can recognized his iconic “5. Symphony“ and the piano piece “Für Elise” entered all musical history books around the globe.
Born in 1899 Johann Baptist Strauss became the figurehead of musical Vienna. Operettas such as “Die Fledermaus”, “Wiener Blut” and “Der Zigeunerbaron” are contemporary witnesses to the incomparable talent of the outstanding composer. An unmistakable piece of Viennese tradition is of course his waltz „An der schönen blauen Donau”, short “Donauwalzer”, which is still referred to as the so called national anthem of the cosmopolitan city.
Every year the Vienna Philharmonic closes the annual New Year’s Concert with an encore of this timeless masterpiece in the Golden Hall of the „Musikverein“. Also right there in 1870 Strauss himself conducted the waltz „Freut euch des Lebens“. At the „Stadtpark“ the Viennese Waltz King is honored with an epic monument, a golden statue of himself playing the violin. This testimonial is a symbol of gratitude and admiration for his passionate work for the Viennese Classic history.