- Vienna’s Mountain Spring WaterFounding
In 1998, a few ambitious musicians came together into a loose ensemble in the fertile environment of Viennese musical life. There followed appearances in partly quaint and quirky but also dignified and venerable venues, enabling the young troupe to expand its repertoire in countless varied musical directions.
The Viennese musical tradition has always been the point of departure for artistic creation by our musicians of different nationalities.
Thus, from a kind of salon orchestra there eventually developed today´s stylistically authentic and musically rich ensemble Divertimento Viennese, an orchestra that now specialises in late 19th and early 20th century music
Despite the enormous financial and political misery of the interwar years, the glamorous festivals, dazzling parties and festive mood of the people that marked the era are still legendary.
The magnificent Belle Époque – the period of the turn of the century – was followed by the outbreak of the First World War in Europe, the sobering reality of which resulted in disillusionment. The world economic crisis of the late 1920s destroyed the material living standard of large sectors of the population. In addition, the rise of National Socialism with its restrictive social order significantly curtailed the personal freedom of the people and often led to inner “emigration”.
As a consequence, people fled from their dull daily routine into concerts, balls, revues, variety shows, cabarets and movies. This predicament inspired artists of all kinds to enormous creativity, counteracting the fascist restrictions on art and producing one masterpiece after another, often under the most difficult conditions.
- Caffè CorrettoSymbiosis
In addition to classical Viennese dance music, the Divertimento Viennese specialises in legendary hits of the Roaring Twenties and Swinging Thirties, which it performs in exclusive original arrangements. An orchestral set-up specially tailored to the challenging repertoire allows for the immediate transformation from a classically elegant ball orchestra to a rhythmically pulsating dance band of the 1930s. The combination with jazz soloists, a Latin American rhythm section, as well as with members of famous symphony orchestras, all guarantee quality and tonal opulence.
Our idea of dance music goes far beyond the mere performance of a dance at the correct dance tempo. Rather, with every composition, either Tango or Foxtrot or Viennese Waltz, our musicians do their best to carry the dancers off into the flair of the corresponding epoch. Hover elegantly across the dance floor to the sounds of the Waltz, stomp vigorously to our Paso Doble, and sweep into wild Foxtrots through the ball room as if it were the proverbial dance on the volcano. With an elaborate sequence of dances, and our elegant appearance in the style of the 1920s, we charm every evening into an unforgettable, glittering ball night.
- Gin TonicDance Repertoire
Our repertoire of dance music comprises more than 300 titles. It contains all the current Viennese, standard and Latin American dances, namely Waltz, Polka, Foxtrot, Slow Fox, Valse Boston, Quickstep, Tango, Charleston, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Boogie, Paso Doble etc.
As a Viennese ball orchestra, Divertimento Viennese naturally adheres to the tradition of the ball opening, the midnight quadrille as well as the accompaniment of vocal performances of items from opera, operetta and musicals. The orchestra enjoys working with international opera stars on a regular basis.
- CognacConcert Repertoire
In addition to the ball events, the Divertimento Viennese is also prominent on the concert platform, where it has found its musical home in the music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The repertoire is particularly focussed on the works of formerly ostracised composers who were forced into emigration and whose artistic creation is closely linked with Vienna. It includes compositions by Gustav Mahler, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Schreker, Arnold Schönberg, Kurt Weill, Dmitri Shostakovich, George Gershwin and others.