Austria

Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber

Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863) Franz Xaver Gruber was an Austrian primary school teacher and church organist in the village of Arnsdorf. At the same time he was organist and choirmaster at St Nicholas Church in the neighboring village of Oberndorf bei Salzburg and then in later years moved on to Hallein, Salzburg.

Theme in D Major by Franz Joseph Haydn

Theme in D Major by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Franz Joseph Haydn was one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet” because of his important contributions to these forms. He was also instrumental in the development …

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A Strauss Waltz by Johann Strauss

A Strauss Waltz by Johann Strauss (1825-1899) Johann Strauss II was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as “The Waltz King”, and was …

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Folktune by Gustav Mahler

Folktune by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Gustav Mahler was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. The musical compositions of Gustav Mahler are almost exclusively in the genres of song and symphony. Gustav Mahler produced nine complete symphonies and sketches for a tenth, several orchestral song cycles and many other …

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Minuet in D by Welzel von Radolt

Minuet in D by Welzel von Radolt (1667-1716) Von Radolt came from a distinguished Vienna family, his family being a high steward in the Emperor’s household. His first and only known printed work was entited “Dir Aller Treueste Freindin, published in Vienna in 1701”. It comprised five volumes containing parts for concerted works for three …

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Dance of the Spirits by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Dance of the Spirits by Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck (1714-1787) Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck was an opera composer of the early classical period. After many years at the Habsburg court at Vienna, Gluck brought about the practical reform of opera’s dramaturgical practices that many intellectuals had been campaigning for over the years. With …

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Symphony No.5 by Franz Schubert

Symphony No.5 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Level Beginner Although he died at an early age, Schubert was tremendously prolific. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies (including the famous “Unfinished Symphony”), liturgical music, operas, some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. Appreciation of his music during his lifetime was …

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Ave Verum Corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ave Verum Corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Level Beginner Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most timeless classical composers.

Ave Marie by Franz Schubert

Ave Marie (theme) by Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) Although he died at an early age, Schubert was tremendously prolific. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies (including the famous “Unfinished Symphony”), liturgical music, operas, some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. Appreciation of his music during his lifetime …

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The Surprise Symphony by Franz Joseph Haydn

The Surprise Symphony by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Franz Joseph Haydn was one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet” because of his important contributions to these forms. He was also instrumental in the development of …

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