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Schubert - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester

Franz Schubert
vienna concerts31.01.1797 Vienna -   vienna concerts 19.11.1828 Vienna

Franz Schubert, one of 19 children in his family, began his first violin lessons at a very early age. As a choir boy with what is now internationally known as the Vienna Boys’ Choir, Schubert studied for five years with Antonio Salieri and had the opportunity to conduct the school orchestra.

As the guest of his sponsors, he organised musical evening events, which were known as ‘Schubertiades’. He composed 145 songs, 4 stage works, symphonies, piano sonatas, masses and various dances.

The wide spectrum of emotional expression portrayed in Schubert’s music is typically Viennese - a bridge between deepest sorrow and profound joviality.
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Brahms - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Johannes Brahms
vienna concerts07.05.1833 Hamburg -   vienna concerts 03.04.1897 Vienna

Born in Hamburg to a poor horn and contrabass musician, Johannes Brahms became one of the most significant composers of the Late Romantic period. Even as a child Brahms’ talent was recognised and he was regarded as a child prodigy. From 1862 onward, Brahms lived in Vienna and took over the conductorship of the Music Friends’ Society.

Beside his four symphonies he mainly composed chamber music, concerts, song works with orchestras, piano and organ music, piano and choir songs, serenades and the "Hungarian Dances".
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Beethoven - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Ludwig von Beethoven
vienna concerts16.12.1770 Bonn  -   vienna concerts 26.03.1827 Vienna

Beethoven is regarded as the man who perfected Viennese Classicism as well as a pioneer of Romanticism. Born into a family of musicians, Beethoven began lessons with his father at the tender age of four years old. At the age of 17, he travelled to Vienna, the music capital of Europe at the time, to study with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and later with Josef Haydn. Celebrated as a star, Beethoven was able to earn more that any other artist of his time. Beethoven’s symphonies combine elements spanning Classicism to the symphonies of Romanticism. A hearing condition led to his deafness in 1818.
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W.A.Mozart - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
vienna concerts17.01.1756 Salzburg -   vienna concerts 05.12.1791 Vienna

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus, is regarded along side Ludwig van Beethoven and Josef Haydn as one of the main representatives of Viennese Classicism. Together with Sebastian Bach, Mozart was an undisputable musical genius. By the age of four, Mozart could already play the piano and in 1761 he began composing his own works. Just a year later, in 1762, Mozart performed in Vienna for the Archduchess Maria Theresia. Mozart became a musical child prodigy. He and his father, Leopold celebrated further success during a three-and-a-half-year concert tour across Europe. Further tours through Italy were to follow from 1769 to 1773, yet they failed to recreate the success that had come earlier. Mozart used the time between the tours to compose. His compositions comprised over 600 works.
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Haydn - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Josef Haydn
vienna concerts31.03.1732 Rohrau -   vienna concerts 31.05.1809 Vienna

Despite being born to a poor wagon maker and experiencing an awfully tough childhood, Joseph Haydn received music lessons at the age of six years. Following his eighth birthday, he joined the Vienna Boys’ Choir of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In 1766, Count Esterházy bestowed the honour of being the first choir master in Eisenstadt upon Haydn, which brought him financial security.

In 1791 he was awarded an honourable doctorate of music by Oxford University.

Together with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn forms the trio of Viennese Classicism.
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Gounod - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Vharles Gounod
vienna concerts18.06.1818 Paris  -   vienna concerts 18.10.1893 Saint-Cloud

Charles Gounod, the son of a painter, received music lessons from his mother during his childhood. He received a private education and went on to study at the Paris Conservatory. In 1839 he was awarded the Rome Prize and decided to travel to Italy to study the music of the old masters. In 1842 he left Rome and headed for Vienna before travelling through Berlin and Leipzig and finally back to Paris where he took the position of church choir master and organist. Gounod made his breakthrough as a composer in 1859 with his opera “Faust”, which remains his masterpiece to this day. His other famous work is the melody with lyrics from the Ave Maria, which he wrote in 1852 in C major for the prelude of "Das wohltemperierte Klavier" by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Suppe - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Franz von Suppé
vienna concerts18.04.1819 Split  -   vienna concerts 21.05.1895 Vienna

Franz von Suppé was brought up in the Dalmatian Region of Zara, where he sang in the church choir at the age of seven years.

Along side Johann Strauss and Karl Millöcker, he is seen as one of the main representatives of the classical Viennese operetta.

Among experts, the operetta “Das Pensionat” is seen as the very first typically Viennese operetta.

Suppé owes his sustained popularity mainly to the overtures to "Dichter und Bauer” and “Leichte Kavallerie”. In addition to the operettas (“Die schöne Galathee”, “Banditenstreiche”, “Boccaccio”), he composed symphonies, stage musicals, a mass, a requiem and operas.
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Schrammel - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Johann Schrammel
vienna concerts22.05.1850 Vienna -   vienna concerts 17.06.1893 Vienna

Johann Schrammel’s father recognised his son’s superior musical talents at a very early stage and, despite a bad financial position, gave him the opportunity to study at the Vienna Conservatory. Johann Schrammel performed mostly as an orchestra musician in various Viennese theatre and saloon orchestras. After the stock market crash in 1873 he founded a trio together with his brother Josef Schrammel. He later formed the famous Schrammel Quartet. The ‘Schrammels’ represented the highlight of the popular music of Vienna towards the end of the 19th century.
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Lanner - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Josef Lanner
vienna concerts12.04.1801 Vienna -   vienna concerts 14.04.1843 Vienna

Josef Lanner, the ‘father of the Viennese waltz’, learned to play the violin at a very early age and was already playing in the orchestra of the famous dance-violinist, Michael Pamer by the age of twelve. In 1819, Josef Lanner founded and later directed his own orchestra, in which Josef Strauss’s father was a violist. Along with Johan Strauss Sr., Lanner is considered to be the actual inventor of the Viennese waltz, which developed from pure dance into an independent form somewhere between serious and popular music. The dance is considered world-wide to be the epitome of cheerfulness. And this is how Lanner became immortal, as his spirit resonates in every beat of the Viennese waltz.
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Johann Strauss Vater - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Johann Strauss Vater
vienna concerts14.03.1804 Vienna -   vienna concerts 25.09.1849 Vienna

Nowadays Johann Strauss Sr. is often only given credit for paving the way for the rise of his famous son. This, however, is unfair to both him and Josef Lanner, as they both contributed greatly to the development of dance music during the first half of the 19th century. Johann Strauss' father and Josef Lanner established the new form of the Viennese waltz, which became the most popular dance of the society. In 1825, he founded his own dance band and went on tour to Germany, London and Paris. In 1876, he was given the title ‘Music Director of the Royal Court Balls’, which was created especially for him. His "Radetzky March" has remained immortal.
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Johann Strauss Sohn - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Johann Strauss Sohn
vienna concerts25.10.1825 Vienna -   vienna concerts 03.06.1899 Vienna

The term Viennese waltz is associated nowadays predominantly with the composer Johann Strauss Jr. Against the will of his father, yet with the support of his mother, he realised his desire to become a musician and later a composer. In 1844, Johann Strauss made his greatly successful debut with his own choir. And it didn’t take long for him to eclipse the glory of his father (whose orchestra he took over after his death) as both a choir master and composer. Great concert tours across Europe created a true ‘Strauss hysteria’ that continued throughout his journey to America in 1872. Johann Strauss composed more than 470 waltzes, marches, quadrilles, polkas and operettas such as “Wiener Blut”, “Der Zigeunerbaron” and “Die Fledermaus”.
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Josef Strauss - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Josef Strauss
vienna concerts22.08.1827 Vienna -   vienna concerts 22.07.1870 Vienna

Johann Strauss Jr. himself described his brother, who was two years his junior, as “the more talented” of the two. At first, Josef Strauss ambitiously pursued his affinity for architecture and invention, and soon developed the first road-sweeping machine. From 1862 onwards he led the Strauss Orchestra along side his brother. Josef was indeed grateful for his brother’s support, as this meant that he no longer had to rush from one concert to the next, but was able to undertake his triumphant trips to Russia.
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Eduard Strauss - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Eduard Strauss
vienna concerts15.03.1835 Vienna -   vienna concerts 28.12.1916 Vienna

Eduard Strauss was the youngest of the legendary ‘waltz family’ and therefore the last composer of the Strauss dynasty. To begin with he led his own band and following the death of his brother Josef, the Strauss' Band.  Eduard Strauss was awarded the title of ‘Music Director of the Royal Court Balls’ in 1872. His concert tours followed on from the success and tradition of those of his father and brothers, yet as a composer he was not in the same league. This circumstance also explains why he, overcome by bitterness, destroyed the entire Strauss notes archive.
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Lehar - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Franz Lehár
vienna concerts30.04.1870 Komárom -   vienna concerts 24.10.1948 Bad Ischl

The son of choir master Franz Lehár Sr. began his studies at Prague Conservatory and later became a violinist and choir master of various military choirs. His final position was that of conductor at Theatre an der Wien. He tasted his first success with the "Gold and Silver Waltz", but it was in 1905 that he produced his greatest triumph: the opera “Die lustige Witwe”. His most famous stage works include the operettas "Der Graf von Luxemburg", "Der Zarewitsch", "Das Land des Lächelns", as well as the opera "Giuditta". Franz Lehár is regarded as one of the most important representatives of the Silver period of opera in the 20th century.
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Karl Maria von Weber - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Carl Maria von Weber
vienna concerts18.11.1786 Eutin -   vienna concerts 05.06.1826 London

In order to be able to print his own compositions, Carl Maria von Weber studied the art of lithography and went on to develop a number of different improvements for the process. Between 1803 and 1804 he studied in Vienna with Vogler, who honoured him with the position of choir master in Breslau in 1804. It is mostly for his opera "Der Freischütz" that Weber is held as the founder of the German National Opera. In addition to his operas he composed concerts and symphonies as well as spiritual works.
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Millöcker - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Karl Millöcker
vienna concerts29.04.1842 Vienna -   vienna concerts 31.12.1899 Baden bei Vienna

Karl Millöcker is seen as the representative of the so-called ‘Golden Viennese Operettas’. His works represent a time in which the popularity, joyfulness and spirit for melodies were prominent behind the scenes of the KK monarchy. With the operettas “Bettelstudent” and “Gasparone”, Millöcker made his breakthrough in the second half of the 19th century - a time in which countless operettas and music works turned Vienna into the world capital of joyfulness. Along side Johann Strauss and Franz von Suppé, Millöcker is regarded as the third representative of the Viennese classical operetta.


Carl Zeller - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Carl Zeller
vienna concerts19.06.1842 St. Peter in der Aue  -   vienna concerts 17.08.1898 Baden bei Vienna

Carl Zeller was born with music in his blood, as his grandfather and great-grandfather were both musicians. At the age of eleven he was accepted to join the Sängerknaben (the Vienna Boys’ Choir) at the Royal Court Chapel in Vienna. His first work was the humorous opera "Jacond", which was recognised with great success. Zeller"s most successful work was the Operetta "Der Vogelhändler", which has stood the test of time to become one of most successful operettas ever. Beside his world-famous operettas he also composed choir music and an opera.
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Komzak - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Karl Komzak
vienna concerts08.11.1850 Prag -   vienna concerts 23.04.1905 Baden bei Vienna

In 1869, Karl Komzak graduated from Prague Conservatory and voluntarily joined the band of the Infantry Regiment No.11, which was lead by his father. After moving to Vienna he founded the band of the newly-formed Infantry Regiment No.84, which blossomed into an exquisite orchestra. For his extraordinary musical achievements, Komzak was awarded the Golden Cross of Merit by the emperor Franz Josef I. In 1904 he performed at the world exhibition in Saint Louis (U.S.A.).
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Ziehrer - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Carl Michael Ziehrer
vienna concerts02.05.1843 Vienna -   vienna concerts 14.11.1922 Vienna

Johann Strauss’s publisher, who was not seeing eye to eye with his composer at the time, predicted great things from the young Ziehrer and supported him by giving him access to teachers for his activities as a conductor and composer. In 1885, Ziehrer was announced as the bandmaster of the famous Hoch and Deutschmeister. With the Strauss era coming to an end, he also achieved a breakthrough in Vienna. Ziehrer went on to hold concerts throughout Europe and at the world exhibition in Chicago. He was the last of the four KK Music Directors of the Royal Court Balls and one of Johann Strauss' biggest rivals.
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Kalman - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Emmerich Kalman
vienna concerts24.10.1882 Siófok  -   vienna concerts 30.10.1953 Paris

The native Hungarian, Kálmán composed his most famous works "Die Czàrdàsfürstin", "Gräfin Mariza" and "Die Zirkusprinzessin" in Vienna. 

Along with Franz Lehár, Kálmán was the one to give operetta a new face following the seemingly unattainable success of the Strauss brothers. This new operetta style was adapted perfectly to the altered spirit of the times.
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Niko Dostal - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Nico Dostal
vienna concerts27.11.1895 Korneuburg  -   vienna concerts 27.10.1981 Salzburg

Following his service in World War I, Dostal was a theatre band master in Innsbruck, St. Pölten, Vienna, Czernowitz and Salzburg. In addition to these positions, he was also active as a bad master and composer, writing the music for the film “Kaiserwalzer”. He achieved great success with his first operetta “Clivia”. “Die Vielgeliebte“ and “Die ungarische Hochzeit” followed, as did numerous works for films. Dostal also composed church music.

Nikolaus Josef Michael (Nico) Dostal belongs to the most successful composers of operettas of the 20th century.
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Stolz - gespielt vom Viennaer Imperial Orchester Robert Stolz
vienna concerts25.08.1880 Graz  -   vienna concerts 27.06.1975 Berlin

Following his studies in Vienna, Robert Stolz conducted in Graz, Marburg and Salzburg. In 1907 he was appointed as the band master at Theater an der Wien. In 1938, Stolz emigrated to the USA and upon his return to Austria became conductor of the Wiener Eisrevue. His acquaintance with Johann Strauss Jr. in 1899 opened the door to operetta. His works include more than 50 theatrical plays, 100 music pieces for films and more than 1200 songs and orchestra pieces.

In 1975, Robert Stolz was awarded the Austrian Badge of Honour for Science and Art.

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