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The Golden Sound of the Musikverein Wien
History of the Musikverein Wien
The Große Musikvereinssaal in Vienna is regarded as the crown jewel among world’s concert halls. It is a space that transmutes architecture into music and music into architecture. One reaction among music lovers attending the hall’s opening at the time noted: “If it were possible to imagine Mozart’s great Jupiter Symphony constructed as concrete, visible architectural forms, the Musikverein’s new concert hall would provide a vision to match this.” When the concert hall opened its doors for the first time on 6 January 1870, its impact upon visitors was overwhelming. “No matter how high expectations might be“, wrote the press, “they will be exceeded by first impressions of the hall, which is unique in its quality of architectonic beauty and elegant grandeur.”
Designed by Theophil Hansen
The concert hall designed by the Musikverein’s architect Theophil Hansen is 48.80 metres long, 19.10 metres wide and 17.75 metres high and combines the harmonious basic form of a rectangular box with dynamic details. The walls and ceiling are rhythmically aligned while forms and colours are used to create a fascinating interplay. The ceiling frescoes, painted by August Eisenmenger and depicting Apollo and the nine muses, surrounded in adjoining paintings by allegorical figures, create a dynamic counterpoint through the use of blue tones to the predominant gold of the concert hall interior. The sculptural details created by Franz Melnitzky and retaining their elegant white design, include the details above the eaves of the balcony doors and the organ, and the caryatids at the ground floor level. The model for these figures, which have come to symbolise the Musikverein itself, can be found at the Acropolis in Athens.Beneath the arched windows of the hall we find marble busts of famous composers throughout history. This illustrious company includes only those composers who had already died by 1870.
Große Musikvereinssaal - standard for acoustic excellence today
Musikverein Wien · seating for 2000 music lovers
The Große Musikvereinssaal provides seating for 2,000 music lovers, with 1,700 seats, and approximately 300 standing places. The acoustic experience is equally good throughout the hall. Indeed, the Große Musikvereinssaal continues to set the standard for acoustic excellence today. The outstanding acoustic qualities of the concert hall are not the result of strictly empirical science – after all, systematic research studies of acoustics only took place decades thereafter – but were rather a consequence of the architectonic concept underpinning the design. The rectangular box form of the hall is known to provide the optimal environment for spatial acoustics. Within this framework, additional elements – the coffered ceiling, balconies and caryatids – ensure the optimal dispersion of sound waves. Other details also have a positive function in acoustic terms: a void beneath the wooden flooring provides – just as with a violin – a resonating base, and the wooden ceiling, which is not simply laid upon but is hanging from the roof trusses, provides an advantage in allowing the sound to resonate throughout the hall.
Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien Musikvereinsplatz 1 A-1010 Wien Phone: +43 1 505 81 90 E-Mail: [email protected]
The Box Office is on the left side of the Musikverein building.
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 8.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm
as well as 1 hour prior to all events promoted by the Musikfreunde
Please note the reduced opening hours during July and August: Monday to Friday 09.00am - 12.00noon
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Musikverein - Guided Tour
Guided tour with visit to the Golden Hall
As one of the world's most beautiful concert halls and most decorative and striking buildings on Vienna's Ringstrasse, the Musikverein can be best appreciated in the setting of a concert. However, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde is also opening the doors of this magnificent building for public tours.
Public tours take place, as a rule, from Monday to Saturday (in the months of July and August Monday to Friday). Guided tours in English are scheduled on the indicated dates at 1:oo pm. Since the Musikverein is not a museum, but a lively concert venue, it can rarely happen that guided tours have to be postponed or canceled due to rehearsals or technical modifications. Please note the overview of guided tours online!
Tickets & info.
- +43 1 505 81 90
- www.musikverein.at/guided tours
- Wed. 24 Jan 2024 , 1 p.m.
- Wed. 24 Jan 2024 , 1:45 p.m.
- Fri. 26 Jan 2024 , 12:30 p.m.
- Fri. 26 Jan 2024 , 1:15 p.m.
- Fri. 26 Jan 2024 , 2 p.m.
- Sat. 27 Jan 2024 , 12:30 p.m.
- Mon. 29 Jan 2024 , 12:45 p.m.
- Mon. 29 Jan 2024 , 1:30 p.m.
- Tue. 30 Jan 2024 , 11:30 a.m.
- Tue. 30 Jan 2024 , 12:15 p.m.
- Wed. 31 Jan 2024 , 1 p.m.
- Wed. 31 Jan 2024 , 1:15 p.m.
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The Musikverein is Vienna's most famous center for classical music. Going to a concert here is about getting to know Vienna as a city of music in a setting of the very finest quality. And musical greats such as the Vienna Philharmonic.
Millions of music lovers around the world know the Musikverein in Vienna as one of the most traditional concert houses there is, one that plays host to top-ranking artists. The building on Karlsplatz, not far from the magnificent Ringstrasse boulevard , is reminiscent of a temple, built according to a design by Theophil Hansen in 1807 in the historical style with columns, pediments and reliefs.
The Large Musikverein Hall, also called the "Golden Hall", is famous for its sumptuous decor. Apollo and the muses draw the eye to the ceiling, while the columns are designed as female figures of the ancient world. As incomparable as the look are the spatial acoustics - the sound experiences here are unique in the world. The New Year's Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic is broadcast to an international TV audience of millions from the Golden Hall each year. The Musikverein offers first-class concerts on the other 364 days of the year as well. With Vienna's leading orchestras: the Vienna Philharmonic , the Wiener Symphoniker , and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. International top stars are regular guests here; for the pianist Yuja Wang , the Musikverein is, if you will, an inseparable part of Vienna as the city of music. However, the Musikverein Wien has long since ceased to be only a temple of classical music.
Glass, metal, stone, wood
At the Musikverein, there are the four New Halls with their fascinating intimacy. Audiences come really close to the actors here: In the Glass Hall, the Metal Hall, the Stone Hall, and in the Wood Hall. The programs focus on the presentation of next-generation artists. For example, the internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Prohaska had her debut in the Glass Hall.
Jazz is as much at home in the Four New Halls of the Musikverein as the spoken word - actors, authors and musicians read from the own works, tell stories or give talks on musical topics.
Young audiences also like going to the new halls, where over 230 concerts for children and young people get the next generation enthusiastic about music.
Tour of the Vienna Musikverein
The 45-minute guided tours in German and English, which are mostly held every day except Sunday, provide the opportunity to learn about the magnificent building of the Musikverein away from than concerts, with interesting facts and scintillating anecdotes, too.
In addition to the Musikverein, Vienna has a good dozen more event halls that also offer the perfect sound. Above all the Wiener Konzerthaus.
- +43 1 505 81 90
- [email protected]
The Box Office is open 9am-7pm (Monday-Friday) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
For all concerts organised by the Musikverein the Box Office opens one hour before the beginning of the performance (also on Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays).
- no steps via ramp, automatic sliding door (opens with button from the outside)
- Ramp 164 cm wide
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
Ring the bell by the entrance to the concert box office (Bösendorferstr. 12); the box office staff will come to assist with ticket purchases at the door. Wheelchair-accessible elevator: to all floors. Brahms Hall: 6 wheelchair seats. Grand Hall: 2 wheelchair seats in orchestra, about 16 in balcony. Glass Hall/Magna Auditorium: 4 wheelchair seats.
Visit with seeing eye dog: please give notice in advance.
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It’s probably inappropriate for a philistine like me to make any kind of comment about the Musikverein.
In golf, it would be Augusta. In football, Anfield. In art, the Louvre.
- Possibly the planet’s best concert hall
- First concert held on January 6th, 1870
- Attracts the best classical performers
- some August dates are in the State Opera House
- Find a Mozart/Strauss concert * for your chosen date
- Musikverein Tour
- Nearby hotels
- Other classical concert venues
History and prestige
(A mixture of Hellenic and Neorenaissance styles)
The Musikverein is actually the name used for the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien , which translates roughly as the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna.
People also use the term for their concert hall, technically the Musikvereinsgebäude or Musikverein Building.
The venue opened on January 5th, 1870 to a design by Theophil Hansen that you might describe as a hybrid of his Hellenic Austrian parliament and Neorenaissance Academy of Fine Arts Vienna .
Like so many great constructions of the late 19th century, the building used land freed up by the removal of the obsolete city fortifications.
(Front entrance with the Karlskirche behind)
A first concert took place a day after the official opening and featured, for example, Beethoven’s Egmont overture and his Symphony Number 5.
The society itself dates back to 1812, once putting on Handel’s Samson for delegates to the Congress of Vienna in 1814, when Europe’s great powers decided on the future of the continent.
Beethoven , Liszt , Bernstein and Abbado, to name but a few, were honorary members, and Salieri the first director of its singing school (now the famous University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna ).
So, yes, the society has a rich tradition and history.
As for the venue, well, Strauss , Bruckner , and Mahler premiered compositions here, for example. Schoenberg directed here. Brahms worked here.
I once walked past to discover the great cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, about to perform (sold out, of course).
The Musikverein also provides a home for perhaps the globe’s finest orchestra (the Wiener Philharmoniker or Vienna Philharmonic) and perhaps the world’s most-watched classical music event (the New Year’s Concert ).
For a lighter dip into Viennese classical music, the location acts as a regular host for the Vienna Mozart Orchestra and others, who put on tourist-friendly concerts featuring Mozart’s musical highlights and perhaps a bit of Strauss, Verdi or others thrown in for good measure. Some may appear in historical costumes.
(Façade above the main entrance)
A shop around the back of the Musikverein even sells pianos. Not just any pianos, but Bösendorfer: suppliers to the Imperial royal court and in business since 1828. Brahms, Strauss, and Mahler were fans, apparently. Not bad in terms of celebrity endorsements.
Basically, the Musikverein is classical concert heaven. Look at any list of the world’s greatest concert halls and it’s invariably at the top.
Tickets & visitor tips
Tickets for the Vienna Mozart Orchestra and other tourist-friendly performances are available from various agencies and other sources. For example:
(Booking service provided by Tiqets.com*, who I am an affiliate of)
Note that some August dates for the Vienna Mozart Orchestra may be in the Staatsoper. Nothing on your dates? Try some alternative concerts *
For the full, broader classical music programme at the venue, the official website (see below) has all the details of forthcoming concerts at one of the seven halls within.
A few tips:
- If you’re searching for a wider selection of light Mozart / Strauss concerts designed for visitors, try these venues .
- If you want to buy from the Musikverein in person, you don’t access the ticket office through the main entrance. If you’re facing that entrance, go left around the side of the building.
- Should you simply wish to see inside this historical venue, the Musikverein offers behind-the-scenes tours in English on most days. See here for my experiences on the tour.
In the area…
(Look out for Johannes)
By the way, the building next door – the Künstlerhaus – might be worth your time, too, given it houses the Albertina Modern art museum with its series of special exhibitions.
And to see what the Musikverein looks like from above, pop across to the Karlskirche church (you’ll pass the imposing Brahms statue on the way) and take the stairs up to the panorama terrace. Or drop into the terrace of the newly reopened Wien Museum .
How to get to the Musikverein
The building is very central and easily reached by taxi or public transport.
Subway: The Karlsplatz station is almost opposite, and accessed via subway lines U1, U2 and U4.
Tram/bus: It’s just a short walk from the Oper/Karlsplatz stop on various tram services, including the 1, 2, 62, 71 and D lines. The 59A bus stops here, too.
Address: Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna | Website
Wiener Mozart Orchester
- Hotline (Mon-Sun): +43 1 513 11 11
In Vienna music is at home: the Musikverein.
Since then the Golden Hall in the Musikverein is known by friends of music all over the world, not only because of the annual worldwide broadcast of New Year’s Concert by the Vienna Philharmonics, but also for being permanent seat of the Vienna Philharmonics and main stage of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra.
The Golden Hall fascinates the concert guests being a unique architectonic and acoustic master piece.
The Golden Hall in the Musikverein is air-conditioned.
Everything in best harmony: the Brahms Hall
The Danish-Austrian architect Theophil von Hansen (1813 – 1891) created with the Brahms Hall in Musikverein the ideal frame for the perfect music enjoyment. Since the restoration after the original plans the Brahms Hall in the Musikverein displays his by visitors from all over the world admired, original beauty in full splendour.
On account of its excellent, world-famous acoustics the Brahms Hall is a frequent venue of the Vienna Mozart Concerts.
The Brahms Hall is equipped with air-condition.
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History of the Viennese Musikverein
Wiener Musikverein, (English: “Viennese Music Association”), commonly just quoted The Musikverein, has a twofold meaning: it is the name of its famous Vienna concert hall, as well as the short name for the music society, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde [Society of Music Lovers] which owns the building.
This building is located on Dumbastraße behind the Imperial Hotel, between Bösendorferstraße and Karlsplatz. However, because Bösendorferstraße is such a small street, the building is better known as being between Karlsplatz and Kärntner Ring (part of Ringstraße loop). The back of the building faces Canovagasse. History The concert hall was built by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien, on a piece of land given by Emperor Franz Joseph, and it was opened on January 6, 1870. A historic organ was installed in it by the Austrian firm Rieger, in 1907. The Musikverein is famous for its acoustics and is considered to be one of the three finest concert halls in the world, along with Boston’s Symphony Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. It is the home to the Vienna Philharmonic. Architecture The Große Musikvereinssaal, or Goldene Saal (Golden Hall), is forty-eight metres long, nineteen metres wide, and eighteen metres high. It has 1,744 seats and standing room for 300. Every year, the Vienna New Year’s Concert is held here.
Since 2001, the building has been undergoing renovation, and several new rehearsal and concert halls have been installed.
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