Celebrate Beethoven’s music in Vienna in 2020!
For more than 35 years Vienna was Beethoven’s chosen home and the center of his creative life. Follow in Beethoven’s footsteps and perform with your choir or orchestra in the beautiful venues where he premiered his magnificent works.
Contact us to find out about the numerous marvelous venues and let's plan a concert together!
Palais Lobkowitz was a buzzing meeting point for artists and art lovers during the early 19th century, as the Lobkowitz family was among the most important patrons of the time. The Eroica Hall in the Palais next to the Imperial Palace is named after Beethovens 3rd Symphony, which was premiered there. Today the palace houses the Theatre Museum.
Photo: © KHM-Museumsverband, Theatermuseum
Beethoven Frieze in the Secession Building
Beethoven’s 9th symphony inspired Gustav Klimt to paint this giant masterpiece. It illustrates human desire for happiness in a suffering and tempestuous world in which one contends not only with external evil forces but also with internal weaknesses. Today it is considered one of the hallmarks of Austrian art nouveau and is still on display in its original place of exhibition, the iconic Secession Building.
Theater an der Wien
The "Theater an der Wien" is named after the Wien river that once flowed alongside the street facing it. Its construction was completed in 1801, just in time to witness numerous musical and theatrical premieres such as Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth Symphony and his sole opera Fidelio. Beethoven actually lived in the rear part of the building during the composition process of the opera.
Photo: © VBW
Festival Hall of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
In the beautiful festival hall of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Beethoven celebrated a triumphal success in 1813 with the premiere of his 7th Symphony and his symphonic work "Wellington's Victory, or the Battle of Vittoria", which he conducted himself.
Photo: © Klaus Pichler / ÖAW
Beethovenmuseum in Heiligenstadt
His health struggles led Beethoven to the convalescent home in Heiligenstadt, a part of Vienna where he later lived permanently. Today Heiligenstadt hosts a commemorative house for its most famous resident. In the building of the museum he penned his famous “Heiligenstädter Testament” in 1802, the early stages of his deafening, besides also composing his 2nd symphony and important piano pieces.
Photo: © Klaus Pichler
Beethoven’s love of nature often led him to the rural sites in the south of Vienna. He admired the region for its woods, in which he spent hours walking and pondering. Later he spent his summers in Baden on the outskirts of the Wienerwald (Viennese woods), which has a renowned health resort. He even bought a home there, which today houses a museum providing an authentic insight into the life and times of the genius.
Photo: © Beethovenhaus Baden; C. Schörg