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    The Sound of Schubert's Music in Vienna

    Listen to Schubert’s music at this hand-picked list of music venues - or where (we are positive) he would have enjoyed playing.

    by Marsa Kindl-Omuse and Marietta Steinhart

    More composers have lived in Vienna than in any other city, but maybe no other was more of a Wiener than Franz Schubert. His melodies channel the Viennese in a timeless manner and have a „permanent edge of mourning in his music.” Today, Vienna is also a city where everyone – young, old, rich, poor, local, visitor - has access to an infinite amount of music programmes, to the most celebrated artists in the classical music world, and to a wide selection of music venues.

    Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna

    1. Vienna State Opera

    Franz Schubert was not specifically known as an opera composer, but a Liederabend at the prestigious Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) is a highlight. A masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, the Vienna State Opera is a majestic old building on Vienna’s mighty Ringstrassen Boulevard.

    The list of famous opera stars, who performed here since 1869 is Wagnerian in length. Get a cosy little box seat or do it like many locals do and get a standing ticket for sale on the same day. At every seat and standing room space, you can follow the performance reading subtitles in up to eight languages.

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    Vienna State Opera / Staatsoper Wien
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    Lothringerstrasse 20, 1030 Vienna

    2. Wiener Konzerthaus

    After the Musikverein and its famous Golden Hall, Vienna's most prestigious concert venue is the Konzerthaus, home to the Wiener Symphoniker (The Vienna Symphony Orchestra). Built in late Secessionist style in 1913, compositions by the likes of Strauss, Zemlinsky, Schönberg, and others enjoyed world premieres here.

    One of the concert halls honours the legacy of Franz Schubert and carries his name. The Schubertsaal is a festive room and the ideal backdrop of a musical salon. Needless to say, Schubert would have enjoyed the excellent acoustics.

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    Schubert Hall in the Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna / Wiener Konzerthaus
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     “Franz Schubert transformed a world from poetry into music. He took the art song to an unprecedented level.“

    Klavier im Franziskischlössl
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, song interpreter

    Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Vienna

    3. Theater an der Wien

    Vienna’s newest opera house is actually its oldest. The Theater an der Wien, next to the open-air market Naschmarkt, began life over two centuries ago as a venue for all sorts of musical entertainment.

    Built in 1801 by Mozart’s librettist Emanuel Schikaneder, it has seen numerous performances of historical significance, including the premiere of Franz Schubert’s opera „Die Zauberharfe” in 1820.

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    Theater an der Wien
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    Am Augartenspitz 1, 1020 Vienna

    4. MuTh

    Vienna’s rather new music and theatre venue (it opened in 2012) hosts all sorts of performances, classical concerts, readings, chamber music, festivals, and art exhibits. It is also home to no other than the Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys’ Choir). Founded half a millennium ago (in 1498), one could consider this choir the oldest boy band in the world.

    The petite singers are based in the Augarten palace and park, the former hunting grounds of the emperor. They have their own school and rehearse in the 300-year-old Augarten Palace, a baroque palace in the park. Franz Schubert had an astounding voice and was a choirboy in the Vienna Boys’ Choir himself.

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    Vienna Boys Choir
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    “Schubert is proof that God exists."

    Spring in Vienna, Votivkirche
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    Brigitte Fassbänder

    Annagasse 3B, 1010 Vienna

    5. Classical concerts at St. Anna Kirche

    Drown out some of that city noise and visit a classical concert at St. Anne’s Church. With its full splendour of Baroque art spreading out here, gold-plated and playful elements, unique altar paintings, and pictorial ceiling frescoes, it gives the intimate concerts here a special, dreamy quality.

    Settle down, relax, and listen to the sweet Lieder of Franz Schubert. Or enjoy compositions of Mozart and Beethoven in a sonically unique way.

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    The Magic of Trumpets - a concert in the Annakirche, Vienna
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    Schulgasse 31, 1180 Vienna

    6. Konzertcafé Schmid Hansl

    There’s little more Viennese than the coffeehouse culture, listed even as „Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO. And what’s even better: having a coffee with live music. Schmid Hansl definitely deserves the name „concert” café, as music programmes are frequently provided here. What once was home to the Wienerlied (Viennese song) is now a place for all kinds of music, especially from up-and-coming artists.

    Right in the heart of the 18th district, Schmid Hansl has the flair of the past century with a touch of underground. Classic red velvet benches, dark wood, hundreds of pictures on the wall, and the somewhat dim light gives it a nostalgic atmosphere. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but exactly the place where today Franz Schubert would have held his music soirées with his friends and enjoy a jolly time.

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    Discover Music
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    “Time, as countless and beautiful as it is, will not bring a Schubert again anytime soon!”

    Discover Music
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    Robert Schumann, German pianist and composer

    7. Wohnzimmerkonzert at Café 7Stern

    In the spirit of Schubert’s famous musical soirées (so called Schubertiaden), explore Café 7Stern and step into its cosy living room with a small stage in the back. Almost every day this cafe offers so called Wohnzimmerkonzerte (living room concerts), but also readings, poetry slams, cabarets, or English-language stand-up comedy.

    It’s all very relaxed, bohemian, and with a soulful vibe, combined with some yummy food. In summer, come early in order to get a seat in the café’s own garden at Siebensternplatz and let the evening fade away as street musicians keep stopping by.

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    Moneka Group@Cafe 7 Stern, Wien
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    8. Porgy & Bess

    Vienna may be the city of classical music, but when you think back to Franz Schubert and his new kind of music at that time, exploring a different style of music is highly recommended. Porgy & Bess is one of those other grand music venues and one of Vienna’s finest jazz addresses.

    A renowned jazz and music club with a wide variety of music and a genuinely intimate atmosphere, you’ll meet local jazz heroes as well as a great number of international celebrities. Even at jam sessions, where basically everyone is invited to play, the standard is extremely high.

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    Jazz & Music Club Porgy&Bess, Vienna
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    Explore Schubert in Austria

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      Walking in Vienna’s Schubertviertel

      A walk off the beaten path takes you through the Schubertviertel, a neighbourhood that carries the composer’s name.
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      Travelling through Austria like Schubert

      Vienna was Schubert's main source of inspiration but ever so often, he left his native town to enjoy Austria’s vivid landscape and summer idyl.
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    •                     Musicians from the Schubertiade Festival / Schwarzenberg, Bregenzerwald
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      Join a Schubertiade

      Schubert’s music was exclusively played at intimate house soirees, famously known as Schubertiaden. Today the composer’s concerts are very much intact.
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