Music in Vienna

Music in Vienna

1700, 1800, 1900

David Wyn Jones

Personal eBook

Boydell Press



The image of Vienna as a musical city is a familiar one. This book explores the history of music in Vienna, focussing on three different epochs, 1700, 1800 and 1900.
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, Lehár, 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.


16 black and white illustrations
287 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Hardback, 9781783271078, June 2016
Personal eBook, 9781782048329, June 2016
Library eBook
Boydell Press
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Table of Contents

Telling tales of music in Vienna
Music at the Imperial and Royal Court
Catholicism, ritual and ceremony
Italian opera and the preservation of the Habsburg dynasty
Court, Aristocrats and Connoisseurs
Demand, Aspiration and the Ennobling of the Spirit
Music, War and Peace
Vienna, city of music
'Seid umschlungen, Millionen'
From Johann Strauss to Richard Strauss


David Wyn Jones created an essentially new genre with his eminently readable, yet strictly scholarly book. KLIÓ

David Wyn Jones explores the culture of that vibrant musical city in three very different contexts. 1700 is the period which will catch most of us out, but even the more familiar 1800 of Beethoven and the 1900 of Mahler yield fascinating insights. BIRMINGHAM POST

This is the first book to examine Vienna's various political, historical, and economic challenges, and how these issues affected the city's musical heritage. Jones acknowledges the insufficiency of the customary labels of the periods, and he provides some additional brief guideposts and signifiers to give the reader a clearer picture of the changes in the city of Vienna from the 18th century onward. CHOICE