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For centuries, Vienna was the glittering capital of a great empire where the potential sponsorship of the Habsburg dynasty and many of the aristocrats at the imperial court created an excellent environment for musicians and artists. It is not surprising that many great composers were attracted to the city – they came, stayed and wrote immortal music.

Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809), the doyen of the “Vienna Classic” period.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), moved to Vienna, the city at whose imperial court he had enjoyed such great success as a child prodigy; he remained in Vienna until the end of his life. This is where he composed his most famous operas, such as “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Così Fan Tutte” and “Don Giovanni,” his last, “Die Zauberflöte,” had its successful premiere at Theater auf der Wieden shortly before his untimely death.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) moved from his native Germany.
Apparently the grandiose Beethoven and his ardent admirer Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) never met.
Born in Upper Austria, Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896) lived and taught in Vienna for many decades.
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897), the composer of great music was born in Northern Germany and chose Vienna to pursue his musical ambitions.
Brahms was, by his own admission, somewhat envious of Johann Strauss Son (1825 – 1899). Asked for an autograph by Strauss’ wife, Adele, he wrote the first bars of “The Blue Danube” and, underneath, “Alas, not by – Johannes Brahms.” Like the rest of the musical world, Brahms bowed to the genius of Vienna’s undisputed Waltz King. Of course, he was not the only Viennese composer of waltzes and operettas – Johann Strauss Father (1804 – 1849) had already written his famous “Radetzky March” and his brothers Josef (1827 – 1870) and Eduard (1835 – 1916) also contributed to the musical form that the world ultimately came to know as quintessentially Viennese.
Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911) deserves his commemorative plaque in the Vienna State Opera House.
Arnold Schoenberg (1874 – 1951);
Anton von Webern (1883 – 1945)
Alban Berg (1885 – 1935), the composer of “Wozzeck,” also hailed from Vienna.

In Vienna you can hear music on the streets, played on various instruments, even piano. The musicians often sell in this way their CD's.
Here a group of Hungarian artists. The big instrument is the Cimbalom – a characteristic instrument for producing the gypsy style.

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