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Vienna: City of Music

Tom Service travels to Vienna with historian David Wyn Jones to explore the unfolding musical culture of a city with a long-standing reputation as the capital of the classical music world.

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45 minutes

Musical heritage

Musical heritage

Boasting three opera houses and two major concert halls, the City of Music is home to one of the most venerable of international orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic. Revisiting three centuries of intrigues, upheavals and conflicts, Tom and David explore the intersection between music, empire, culture and politics in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Mahler manuscript

Mahler manuscript

Tom and David visit the Hofburgkapelle - where Bruckner was organist and Schubert sang in the choir as a boy - the Theater an der Wien, and the Musikverein, tracing the city’s cultural heritage from Joseph Fux to Gustav Mahler.

Modern times

Modern times

Returning to the 21st Century, music in Vienna is viewed relative to the current political and social landscape, with the help of organist Martin Haselbock at the Hofburgkapelle, Theater an der Wien’s Head of Artistic Administration Jochen Breiholz, the Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic Andreas Grossbauer, and the Head of Ethnomusicology at the University of Performing Arts, Dr Ursula Hemetek, amongst others.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Interviewed Guest David Wyn Jones

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