Music in Vienna: 1700, 1800, 1900

Music in Vienna: 1700, 1800, 1900

by David Wyn Jones


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The image of Vienna as a musical city is a familiar one. Vienna has long been associated with many of the most significant composers in Western music - from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, through the Strauss family, Brahms, Bruckner and Wolf, to Mahler, Lehr, Schoenberg and Webern. Today, venerable institutions like the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatsoper and the Vienna Boys' Choir, together with the shared pride of residents and visitors in its musical inheritance, ensure that the image of a musical city is undimmed.
This book explores the history of music in Vienna, focussing on three different epochs, 1700, 1800 and 1900, an approach which allows the very different relationships between music and society that existed in each of these periods to be distinguished. Patronage, social function and audience are key considerations, set within wider political and cultural developments. The volume is populated by emperors, princes, performers, publishers and writers as well as composers, and deals with institutional and commercial characteristics alongside representative individual works. Music in Vienna focusses on the political and social role of music, broadening our understanding of the city as a musical capital. It will appeal to a wide readership, including music historians and political, cultural and social historians, as well as the interested general reader.

DAVID WYN JONES is Professor of Music at Cardiff University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783274291
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 10/18/2019
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations viii

Preface ix

1 Telling Tales of Music in Vienna 1


2 Music at the Imperial and Royal Court 8

Angelica, vincitrice di Alcina: an opera for the Habsburgs

Three emperors: Leopold I, Joseph I and Karl VI

Music in a fortress city

Music and Habsburg identity

3 Catholicism, Ritual and Ceremony 30

The regulation of the liturgy

Leopold I and pietas austriaca

Johaun Joseph Fux: composer and theorist

4 Italian Opera and the Preservation of the Habsburg Dynasty 47

Opera, representation and identity

A coronation in Prague (1723): political unity and musical conservatism


5 Court, Aristocrats and Connoisseurs 72

Mozart's coronation opera; Haydn's Te Deum

Music and the Habsburg dynasty, music and the Habsburg family

The aristocracy as leaders of private and public taste in music

Prince Nicolam Lsterhazy and Prince Joseph Lobkowitz

Women play and sing their part: a forgotten history

6 Demand, Aspiration and the Ennobling of the Spirit 97

Music in the market place

Behind closed doors: piano, song and string quartet

Music in Vienna in 1808: the view of a patriot

7 Music, War and Peace 120

In tempore belli

1792-1799 The First Coalition to the Peace of Campo Formio

1799-1805 The Second Coalition to the Treaty of Lunéville

1805-1809 The Third Coalition to the Peace of Pressburg

1809-1813 The siege of Vienna to the Treaty of Schönbrunn

1813-1815 The Fourth Coalition to the Congress of Vienna

A glorious moment, a new future, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde


8 Vienna, City of Music 152.

Documenting the musical world

Institutions and venues in the First District

Beyond the Ringstrasse

9 'Seid umschlungen, Millionen' 178

Otto Nicolai concert, 18 February 190

Beethoven and Wagner; Mozart and Haydn

Memorialization and monumentalism

Johann Strauss dedicates a waltz to Brahms

10 From Johann Strauss co Richard Strauss 199

The Waltz King turns to operetta

Old Vienna, New Vienna

Richard Strauss and the future operatic ideal

Notes 221

Bibliography 247

Index 261

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