On 14 March 2004 the musical world celebrated the two hundredth
anniversary of the birth of Johann Strauss I. To mark the occasion, the
Vienna Institute for Strauss Research under its President, Dr Eduard
Strauss, the great-great-grandson of the founder of the Strauss dynasty,
inaugurated in co-operation with the City of Vienna and many other
participants the Tanz-Signale (Dance Signals) Festival, the name being
taken from the waltz op. 218 by Johann Strauss I. The week of events
proved a great success, and its varied programme took into account the
different interests of Strauss researchers and Strauss lovers alike. The
aim for the future is that the festival should establish itself as a
celebration of the dance music of nineteenth-century Vienna.
For March 2005 the motto is:
Dance music in Vienna from 1810 to 1824
The overall theme is thus the dance music of Vienna as Joseph Lanner and
Johann Strauss I found and experienced it as the starting-point for their
careers. The composers of dance music during this period included among
others Anton and Johann Drahanek, Johann and Joseph Faistenberger,
Michael Pamer, Franz Pechatschek Senior and Junior, Mathias Schwarz and
The main event will be a symposium in the Herbert von Karajan Centre in
Vienna, Kärntner Ring 4, 1010 Wien, in which a number of distinguished
scholars have agreed to participate.
Chair: Dr Eduard Strauss
Thursday 10 March 2005
09.30 Erich Vanacek: Sociological Aspects of the Dance
from 1810 to 1824: Social Occasion - Entertainment
10.00 Reingard Witzmann: The Dances - Origins - Characteristics
11.00 Hannelore Unfried: Choreography of the Dances
11.30 Walburga Litschauer: Dance Music for the Salon
- Piano Music
Friday 11 March 2005
09.00 Paul Angerer: Dance Music as Music for Use: Ballroom,
Inn, Salon and Concert
09.30 Isabella Sommer: Dance Music at the Imperial
10.30 Thomas Aigner: Musicians, Ensembles, Bands and
11.00 Norbert Linke: The Origins of Dance Music
12.00 Walter Deutsch: The Austrian Element in the Dances
12.30 Norbert Rubey: The Dissemination of Dance Music
by Music Publishers in Vienna 1810 - 1824. Printed Editions and Manuscripts
in the Library of the City and Province of Vienna.
15.00 - 17.00 Round Table chaired by Otto Brusatti
Admission to the symposium is free of charge. You are asked to register
Ms Andrea Thor, either by telephone (+43 1 50 600 115) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
19.00 Dance Music: "Hear - See - Understand"
Dance music from Ditters von Dittersdorf to Ziehrer played by the
Concilium Musicum Vienna under Paul Angerer
The most important feature of the concert is naturally the music, both
in its original instrumentation for three violins and bass and in arrangements.
The manuscripts, first and subsequent printed editions, and the original
versions of the arrangements will be projected onto a screen. The union
of ear and eye is intended to increase understanding of the "how", "why"
and "wherefore" and hence also of the "therefore".
Tickets can be purchased for a standard price of EUR 5 in the Music
Shop of the Herbert von Karajan Centre, Kärntnerring 4, A-1010 Vienna,
in person from 10 February 2005, and by telephone (+43 1 50 600 200) or
e-mail (email@example.com) from 11
Further Musical Events
Saturday 12 March 2005
19.30 Main Hall of the Musikverein: Concert by the Johann
Strauss Orchestra of Vienna.
The programme of the concert, conducted by Martin Sieghart, ranges from
the beginnings of Viennese dance music before the achievements of the
Strauss dynasty to the great and well-known works of the genre.
Tickets can be booked at the box office of the Soceity of the Friends
of Music in Vienna, Bösendorferstrasse 12, A-1010 Vienna, tel (+43
1) 505 81 90. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For seating plan visit www.musikverein.at.
Sunday 13 March 2005
11.00 Theater in der Josefstadt: The New Vienna Concert
Schrammeln and Otto Brusatti in the Sträussel Rooms in the Josefstadt
Tickets at the box office of the Theater in der Josefstadt (for address
and online booking details visit www.josefstadt.org)
and at the box office of the Kammerspiele, Rotenturmstrasse 20, A-1010
Vienna. For telephone bookings with credit card call (+43 1) 42 700-300.
16.00 Marionette Theatre in Schönbrunn Palace:
"Johann Strauss and the Danube Nymph"
The Schönbrunn marionettes tell the story of the life of Johann
Strauss II, the (second) waltz king; or, rather, he tells the story himself,
appearing on the stage as the presenter and principal performer, and giving
an account of the most important moments in his exciting life.
For ticket details visit www.marionettentheater.at.
The organisers reserve the right to alter the programmes; for updates
and further information visit www.johann-strauss.at.