If any single place on the globe can be described as the historical center of classical music, it is Vienna. The Western classical tradition is dominated by music that came out of and through Vienna. Its musicians, impresarios and composers are bookended by the giants Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert—and the composers who ushered out romanticism and opened the door to the modern era: Schoenberg, Berg and Webern. In between, the city hosted the works of Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, Bruckner and Mahler.
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