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Vienna Boys Choir

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The Vienna Boys’ Choir (German: Wiener Sängerknaben) is a choir of boy sopranos and altos based in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world. The boys are selected mainly from Austria, but also from many other nations around the world, and individually interviewed.

Known for its exceedingly high vocal standard, the choir has worked with musicians including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri, Heinrich Isaac, Paul Hofhaimer, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Joseph Fux, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Anton Bruckner.

The choir is the modern-day descendant of the boys’ choirs of the Viennese Court, dating back to the late Middle Ages. The choir was, for practical purposes, established by a letter written by Maximilian I on 7 July 1498. In the letter the Emperor instructed court officials to employ a singing master, two basses and six boys. A Slovene, Jurij Slatkonja, became the director of the ensemble.

The role of the choir (numbering between fourteen and twenty) was to provide musical accompaniment to the church mass. The boys received a solid musical education, which in most cases had a significant impact on the rest of their lives, as many went on to become professional musicians. Composers Jacobus Gallus, Franz Schubert, and conductors Hans Richter, Felix Mottl and Clemens Krauss were members of the choir.[1]

In 1920 the Hofkapelle (court musicians) was disbanded. However, the rector at the time, Josef Schnitt, sought a continuation of the tradition. In 1924 the “Vienna Boys’ Choir” was officially founded and has extended into being a professional music group.

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  • Dear_Boss

    _(:з」∠)_

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Riabean

    This is a bad tag! It should be merged with Vienna Boys' Choir. Please click "suggest a correction" on the right hand side. ^_^

    11 Feb 2010 Reply
  • fergusmcphail

    A love supreme! <3

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • qistinatalib

    Why isn't Scarborough Fair here???? They're so heavenly

    28 May 2008 Reply
  • lady_vampyra

    i agree with Formative. Its perfection.

    2 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Sheldoman

    Yeah Obi1sgirl is right. The song is called Agnus Dei and not Angus Dei.

    27 Nov 2007 Reply
  • daghka

    that is funny....

    13 Mar 2007 Reply
  • obi1sgirl

    Okay, has no one noticed that the 3rd top song is ANGUS Dei? Angus is a breed of cattle, whereas Agnus Dei is Latin for Lamb of God. Which do you think is right here?

    17 Nov 2006 Reply
  • loveloss

    settle down kids

    21 Oct 2006 Reply