When thinking of Vienna, we think of a formal, strict and very refined form of music. Of course, with hundreds of years of musical refinement plus names like Beethoven, Strauss, Mozart and Haydn, there is really something extra special when thinking of music Vienna. The music of Vienna is that of uniqueness and beauty, something that you do not necessarily find in other countries or cities. Though the city has definitely changed and has adopted the more modern musical styles and trends, still, the most popular musical genres in Vienna still appeal to those who like a bit of refinement and beauty.
The Wiener Walzer or the Viennese Waltz is something that any visitor to Vienna should not forget to enjoy and explore. The Viennese Waltz is like a tradition that any tourist should check out and explore while in this lovely city. Get your dress and shoes, do a little practice and start dancing. Though the Wiener Walzer is a dance, the music is as old as the steps. The origins of this dance go beyond the 18th century due to the proliferation of the so-called bourgeois lifestyle. The waltz is an aristocratic dance and the music is refined and formal as well. Nonetheless, this refinement is something a lot of people still find endearing, just like having your fairy tale experience. In the 19th century, Waltz has become more unique with the help of Strauss Sr and Lanner, two prolific composers who changed the Viennese music and the dance to a more approachable level in the ballrooms.
The Wienerlied is one of the traditional folk songs that exude the music Vienna scene beyond the popular styles of the aristocratic waltz. The Wienerlied is an important element of the cultural heritage of Vienna. It is a blend of melancholic yet comical. It is normally heard in suburban areas as well as in amusement parks. There are still those who keep the tradition alive. In the 19th century, this folk music style has reached theatrical levels. Popular celebrities during those times started singing or performing in the tune of this musical style and it was in turn, the music of the streets. The most common musical instruments used for the Wienerlied is the clarinet, guitar, violin, harp and zither. Nowadays, we hear some pop songs utilizing these comical and melancholic devices to create modern twists to this musical genre.
One of the most popular folk music styles in Vienna is the Schrammelmusik. This style is played using an accordion as well as a guitar. This kind of musical style was a mix of many cultural influences such as rural Austrian, Bavarian, Moravian, and Slovenian that were all mashed up on the less fortunate parts of the city. At first, this music started out as a music that depicts the day to day experience of these poor immigrants but then the middle and upper class took a fancy on this musical style. Nowadays, the music is merged with prevailing musical genres such as blues.