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Mass with the Vienna Boys´ Choir at the Hofburgkapelle

26.10.2014 - 28.06.2015 | Wiener Hofmusikkapelle

Mass with the Hofmusikkapelle and the Vienna Boys´ Choir and members of the State Opera orchestra and men´s choir

Hofmusikkapelle (Hofkapelle) court orchestra, Vienna. Its primary function was the musical accompaniment of mass at court; its beginnings can be traced back to the High Middle Ages. After the extinction of the Luxemburg dynasty in 1438 the court orchestra was taken over by the Habsburgs. At that time excellent musicians played in the Hofmusikkapelle; the first conductor of the court orchestra known by name was J. Brassart. 1498, the year of its reform under Maximilian I, is often referred to as the year of its creation. In early modern times more worldly functions become increasingly important, a development that reached its climax (with musicians such as A. Cesti, Ziani, J. J. Fux, G. Bononcini and A. Caldara) under the ´Musikkaiser´ (= musical emperors) Ferdinand III, Leopold I, Joseph I and especially Karl VI. Under Maria Theresia the activities of the court orchestra were more restricted. In the 19th century they were limited to religious music and the court opera.

General Information: During HOLY MASS the priest is celebrating at the altar, the Choir and musicians are performing at the organ gallery which is located behind high up on 3rd floor. At the end of Mass the Vienna Boys Choir come to the altar to sing one motet and to be seen. The oratorios are located besides the main Chapel on 2nd and 3rd floor with big open windows to the Chapel.

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Hofburg Palace is a palace located in Vienna, Austria, that has housed some of the most powerful people in European and Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. It was the Habsburgs` principal winter residence, as the Schönbrunn Palace was their preferred summer residence.

The Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government since 1279 for various empires and republics.

The Hofburg has been expanded over the centuries to include: various residences (with the Amalienburg), the chapel (Hofkapelle or Burgkapelle), museums (the Naturhistorisches Museum & Kunsthistorisches Museum), the Imperial Library (Hofbibliothek now the Prunksaal), the treasury (Schatzkammer), the national theatre (Burgtheater), the riding school (Hofreitschule), the horse stables (the Stallburg and Hofstallungen) and the Hofburg Congress Center.

The Hofburg faces the Heldenplatz ordered under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph, as part of what was to become a Kaiserforum that was never completed.

Numerous architects have executed work at the Hofburg as it expanded, notably the Italian architect-engineer Filiberto Luchese (the Leopoldischiner Trakt), Lodovico Burnacini and Martino and Domenico Carlone, the Baroque architects Lukas von Hildebrandt and Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach (the Reichschancelry Wing and the Winter Riding School), Johann Fischer von Erlach (the library), and the architects of the grandiose Neue Burg built between 1881 and 1913.