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Arnold Schoenberg – His Life And Musical Style

Schoenberg Fundamentals of Musical Composition 1937-1948, Schoenberg Center Vienna

In 2024 Vienna celebrates the 150th anniversary of Arnold Schönberg. The Austrian Jewish composer and artist Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg (how his name spells in German language) was born in Vienna in 1874. Most famously, Schoenberg invented the revolutionary 12 tone music, t urning him into a symbol of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna. Despite facing controversy and resistance during his lifetime, Schoenberg’s …

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A Magic Night At A Vienna Summer Opera: Klosterneuburg

Vienna summer opera Klosterneuburg

Vienna Summer Opera. When Viennese opera houses close for the season an open air opera close by lets in an unexpected breeze of charm. At Klosterneuburg, a few July and August evenings transform the 900-year old abbey’s Imperial Courtyard into a musical theatre stage. In the past 25 years, its precious baroque façades have echoed tunes of Donizetti, Mozart, R. …

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Vienna Opera Ball 2025: What To Know

Vienna Opera Ball

More than any other ball in Wien, the Vienna Opera Ball embodies social traditions of the old Imperial Austria. Not only does the Wiener Opernball constitute Austria’s largest meeting point for art celebrities, entrepreneurs and politicians but attracts celebrities from all over the world. Here is a guide of what to expect, an update on preparations under Covid-19 and how …

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Vienna Nightlife – Best Young Clubs And Student Bars

Vienna nightlife: club singer

Guest Post, by Sam As old as the city is, some Vienna nightlife takes years off it. In case you find yourself in Wien, the nightlife is your best bet to get fully acquainted with the city. Since Vienna Unwrapped has talked about some of the best bars in Vienna  for the over 30s here I am going to take a look at …

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Viennese Waltz – Straightforward Explained

Viennese waltz at Opernball

Learning more about Viennese Waltz not just finetunes your ears and motor skills. You also get to know another UNESCO Immaterial Cultural Heritage. Like many young Viennese women I learned Wiener Walzer in dancing school when I was 15 and have since waltzed across a few Viennese ballrooms. To up your musical and ballroom dance knowledge this guide introduces you …

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Vienna Daytime Concerts – Secret Matinées, Lunch and Afternoon Classics

Vienna Daytime Concerts: Wiener Konzerthaus

Curiously, classical music in plain daylight is harder to find than nighttime concerts in Vienna. If dinner, young children or simply sleepiness get into your way, visit Vienna daytime concerts. Most take place fairly regularly, either at lunchtime or in the afternoons or early evenings. 6 Ideas For Matinées and Lunchtime Concerts The most popular musical wake up calls are …

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Classical Vienna Concerts With Small Children – Where To Take Your Kids

Vienna concerts with small children: Vienna Boys Choir

To enjoy classical Vienna concerts with small children pick events with the right format at the right time of day. Unless your kids are night owls they will probably be calmer during day-time concerts. As for the set up, also consider smaller ensembles of one to four musicians. Sometimes, a few instruments will captivate their attention more than a grand …

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Grafenegg, Austria: Castle & Concert Day Trip From Vienna

Grafenegg Castle, Austria

Grafenegg. For a fresh air of sophistication during a day trip from Vienna, head for Schloss Grafenegg. As a child I couldn’t get enough of the castle’s magical Christmas markets. Later on, my daughter and I enjoyed Grafenegg’s magnificent state rooms and a garden picnic in two of its deck chairs, on our way to Wachau Valley. And most recently, …

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Exclusive, Private Music Introduction by a celebrated Maestro in Vienna

Vienna Music: Maestro Christroph Campestrini

Vienna Music Experience. Where do you find the best classical music when in town? Honestly, it’s a bit like sightseeing: the best places to visit in my home city are easy to identify. But how do you get the most out of these places? And how do you get the most out of classical music, especially in the city of …

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Beethoven in Vienna – 10 Ideas To Connect With Him In Wien

Beethoven installation in Vienna Austria

Beethoven in Vienna. Did Beethoven live in Vienna? In fact, Beethoven spent almost two thirds of his life in Austria’s capital. While Mozart spent just 10 years in Wien, Beethoven lived in the capital of music for 35 years. Becoming Viennese by choice, Beethoven’s nationality was actually German. With the Beethoven 2020 anniversary approaching fast, classical music fans should therefore …

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