2025:  200th Anniversary of Birth: Johann Strauss (*25.10.1825 in St. Ulrich / Vienna)
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In 2025 Vienna celebrates the 200th birthday of one of the city’s most famous sons, the undisputed popstar of classical dance music in general and the waltz in particular: Johann Strauss II. The waltz is quintessential Viennese music: played in the biggest concert halls, danced to at the city’s many balls, frantically celebrated and even considered cultural heritage by the UNESCO.
Vienna is still full of memories of Johann Strauss: places where he lived and worked as well as monuments that remind of him. If you listen carefully you’ll hear his tunes ringing in the Viennese air, for example the city’s secret anthem – The Blue Danube. Of course, as a Viennese Festival we will walk, move and dance in ¾ in 2025 as well.

Johann Strauss wrote his first waltz aged six and his life’s work includes almost 500 dance compositions – somewhat ironical considering he wasn’t a keen dancer himself at all. His compositions – although deemed “lightweight” by some fun-negating naysayers – were admired by “serious” contemporaries like Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Wagner.
Strauss’ music with its impeccable, catchy melodies and fine arrangements is eternally youthful in its spirit: light-headed, enthusiastic and sweet. Music for the time when we experience freedom and simplicity as much as a yearning to find out what comes next on our journey through life.

As a youth music festival we celebrate this very spirit of youthhood. And we celebrate Johann Strauss’ life and music in 2025. Let’s do so together!




SCL 2025

The festival will take place: 2025, July 4 - 9

 

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Registration for the SCL Festival (live) is open until: February 15th 2025.

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Compulsory pieces 2025

CHOIRS:


Mixed Choir:

George Chung (*1986):   “Voici mon secret” (02:10)
https://cypresschoral.com/composers/george-chung/voice-mon-secret/

Fanny Hensel (1805 - 1847):   From “Gartenlieder” (op. 3):
5. Abendlich schon rauscht der Wald
(01:45)
www.doblinger.at/en/Gartenlieder-op.-3/167166

 

Treble Choir:

Arvo Pärt (*1935):   "Zwei Beter" (05:00)
www.stretta-music.com/paert-zwei-beter-nr-313829.html

 

Male Choir:

Béla Bartók (1881-1945):   "Four old hungarian folk songs" (03:30)
www.universaledition.com/4-old-hungarian-folksongs-for-male-choir-ttbb-choir-a-cappella-bartok-bela-ue8891

 

Children’s Choir (up to the age of 12):

Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016):   Seven Songs Home
1. Home-time at last (1:50)
www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Maxwell-Davies-Peter-Seven-Songs-Home-SAA/603337

Michael Praetorius (1571–1621):   Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (01:45)
www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Praetorius-Michael-Es-ist-ein-Ros-entsprungen-female-choir-SSA/2137054

 

 

ORCHESTRAS:


Symphony Orchestra:

Johann Strauß (Sohn) (1825 - 1899):   Frühlingsstimmen Walzer („Voices of Spring“) (06:30)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.breitkopf.com/work/6431/fruhlingsstimmen-op-410

 

Chamber Orchestra with Winds:

Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934):   Salut d‘amour (04:45)
(full score & instrumental parts): docs.google.com/document/d/1o0kSA9oIRmkFdICkhsmg8n_AhFb0uQb4FSlAT9PLAPw/edit?usp=sharing

 

String Orchestra:

Johann Strauß (Sohn) (1825 - 1899),
Josef Stauß (1827 – 1870):
  Pizzicato Polka (03:00)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.breitkopf.com/work/6438/pizzicato-polka

Josef Suk (1881-1945):   Serenade for Strings Op. 6, 1st Movement Andante con moto (05:00)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.stretta-music.com/suk-serenade-es-dur-op-6-nr-161421.html

 

 

BANDS:

Søren Hyldgaard (1962-2019):   "Hans Christian Andersen Suite. Adventures for Concert Band":
1. & 2. Movements (Arr. Johan de Meij) (08:00)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.hebu-music.com/en/article/soren-hyldgaard/amstel-music/hans-christian-andersen-suite.164404/

 

 

SUMMA ENSEMBLES:

Johann Strauß (Sohn) (1825 - 1899):   Fata Morgana (04:00)
Summa Ensembles will perform the compulsory piece in a format and instrumentation adapted to the respective performing ensemble, while staying as faithful to the original composition as possible needs.
A full score can be found here: www.stretta-music.at/strausssohn-fata-morgana-op-330-nr-304994.html

 

 

Choir - Workshop Pieces 2025:

All choirs taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare their compulsory piece(s) for the first workshop. For the second workshop, the workshop lecturer may choose a piece from your competition or additional concert program or another piece suitable for your respective category.

For all choirs taking part in the Celebration: The workshop lecturer may choose pieces from your program or other pieces suitable for your respective category.

 

 

Orchestra - Workshop Pieces 2025:

All orchestras taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare their respective compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, please select one piece from the list of your respective category. You may also choose a piece from your competition or additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All orchestras taking part in the Celebration are invited to prepare two pieces from the list of your respective category. You may also choose (a) piece(s) from your program. However, this/these need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

 


Symphony Orchestra:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93, IV. Allegro vivace
Hector Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from Egmont, Coriolan or Fidelio Overture
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, 3rd movement, Scherzo Molto Vivace
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 3 in a minor Op. 56 (“Scottish”), 2nd movement, Vivace non troppo
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances No. 3 and 8

Chamber Orchestra:
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major I. Adagio – Allegro or IV. Finale: Spiritoso
Franz Schubert: One movement from Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (D 485)
Joseph Haydn: One movement from Symphony No. 43 in E flat major Hob.I: 43 (“Mercury”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Symphony Nr. 29 in A major, KV 201
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances

String Orchestra:
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sinfonia No. 4 in C minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Divertimento KV 136 or KV 137 or 138
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Josef Suk: One movement from Serenade for Strings in E flat-major Op. 6
Edvard Grieg: One movement from Holberg Suite
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances
Johann Sebastian Bach: 3. Brandenburgisches Konzert, 1st movement
Georg Friedrich Händel: One movement from Concerto grosso Op. 6 / No. 5 in D major

 

 

Band - Workshop Pieces 2025:

 

All bands taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare the compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, you may choose a piece from your competition or additional program. This piece needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All bands taking part in the Celebration may choose pieces from their Musikverein program and/or additional concert program. These pieces need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

 

Summa Ensemble - Workshop Pieces 2025:

 

All Summa Ensembles taking part in the Competition shall prepare the compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, you may choose a piece from your competition additional program. This piece needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All Summa Ensembles taking part in the Celebration may choose pieces from their Musikverein program and/or additional concert program. These pieces need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

 

 

Inspiration: Film Music

As the festival wants to encourage ensembles to include film music into their repertoire, we have compiled a list of suggestions. The following pieces are not compulsory and celebration groups are also welcome to draw inspiration from the list!

Mixed Choir: From "Home Alone":
Mykola Leontovich (1877 - 1921) - Carol of the Bells
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/carol-of-the-bells-sheet-music/3555974
(This piece can be sung in numerous different languages, the ensembles are free to choose)
Treble Choir / Children’s Choir: From "Les Choristes":
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) - Hymne à La Nuit
www.stretta-music.com/rameau-rille-hymne-a-la-nuit-nr-461456.html

From "Som i Himlen" (As it is in heaven):
Stefan Nilsson (*1955) - Gabriellas Sång (with piano)
www.stretta-music.com/en/nilsson-baeckman-wallenaes-gabriellas-saang-nr-447115.html
Male Choir: From "Som i Himlen" (As it is in heaven):
Stefan Nilsson (*1955) - Gabriellas Sång (with piano)
www.stretta-music.com/en/baeckman-nilsson-caplin-gabriellas-saang-nr-498423.html
Symphony Orchestra: From "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade":
John Williams (*1932): Scherzo For Motorcycle and Orchestra
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/scherzo-for-motorcycle-and-orchestra-from-indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-sheet-music/20109754

 

 

 

  • SCL Festival Venues - St. Stephen's Cathedral

    The opening ceremony held in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria’s landmark and a symbol of Austrian identity.

    www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/st-stephens-cathedral

  • SCL Festival Venues - Musikverein

    The Competition and the Celebration held in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein (and/or in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus). Music lovers throughout the world know...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Golden Hall of the Musikverein

    ...the Musikverein as the center of Viennese musical culture, as the focus of the international concert circuit and as the Eldorado of classical music.

    www.musikverein.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - Konzerthaus

    The Gala Winner’s concert, held in the sold out Konzerthaus. In the heart of the Konzerthaus (which consists of more than 600 rooms) lies the Konzerthaus’ flagship, the Grosser Saal (Great Hall). In this room, artists, audiences and atmosphere blend into a harmonious triad...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Great Hall of the Konzerthaus

    ...Home to world-famous orchestras, virtuoso soloists, renowned conductors and legendary jazz musicians, the Great Hall can accommodate an audience of 1,800 and offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of musical activity.

    www.konzerthaus.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - University of Music in Vienna

    Workshops and seminars held in the University of Music in Vienna, one of the largest arts universities in the world.
  • SCL Festival Venues - Rathaus / Vienna City Hall

    Closing ceremony held in the magnificent Festival Hall of Vienna City Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Vienna.

    www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/from-l-to-r/city-hall

 

+ Festival program



Festival Day 1: Friday
Afternoon Opening Ceremony (St. Stephen's Cathedral / Musikverein or Wiener Konzerthaus) for all participants
Conductor’s Kick-Off Meeting (all conductors)


Festival Day 2: Saturday
All day Competition and Celebration at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 3: Sunday
All day Competition and Celebration at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
All day Workshops at the University of Music in Vienna for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 4: Monday
All day Workshops at the University of Music in Vienna for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
Visit to the Haus der Musik*, an interactive sound museum
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 5: Tuesday
Morning Individual city exploration of Vienna*
Lecture, preparation for Gala Winners’ Concert and group photo at the Wiener Konzerthaus (all groups)
15:30 Gala Winners' Concert (winners of the Competition on stage, all other participants in the audience) at the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus
18:30 Award ceremony, farewell reception (all participants)


Festival Day 6: Wednesday
Departure from Vienna, further European concert tour where applicable


* details as per individual group itinerary


- Program subject to change -