Classical notes

The Vienna Boys' Choir has been a symbol of Austria for more than 500 years.

15th October, 2005

The Vienna Boys' Choir has been a symbol of Austria for more than 500 years. The choir was founded in 1498 when Emperor Maximilian I of Austria moved his court and musicians from Innsbruck to Vienna.

Among the musicians were six boys employed to sing exclusively for the court, at masses, private concerts and on state occasions.

Following the breakdown of the Hapsburg Empire in 1918, the dean of the Imperial Chapel Josef Schnitt established the boys'...

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