A History of the Vienna Boys' Choir
The Vienna Boys' Choir is renowned throughout the world: it tours constantly, playing to packed houses, and its recordings of sacred and secular choral music have sold in the hundreds of thousands. What are less well-known are the struggles to reorganise the choir after World War I, the problems of accommodation, financial security and tours, the choir's survival during the Nazi occupation of Austria and the renewed struggles to reorganise the choir after World War II.
This history of the choir, the first in English, takes a unique look at all these aspects. It is also a study of the individuals who have made an impact on the choir, from Rektor Josef Schnitt, whose vision and tireless work funded the modern choir and kept it going through adversity, to the choirboys themselves, whose reminiscences show the other side of the coin to the 'offical' reports.
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