Austrian Workers' Association

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Project choir of the Vienna Workers' Association at a gala concert on the occasion of 125 years of the ÖASB

The Austrian Workers ' Choir Association ( ÖASB ) was the association of workers' choirs and is now the umbrella organization for the seven national organizations.

From around 1860 the first workers ' choirs emerged on the soil of the Danube Monarchy , often in connection with workers' education clubs . At first they were primarily dedicated to socializing, but in the 1870s and 1880s there was a politicization. With the establishment of the SDAP in early 1898, there was an upswing. Under the leadership of the "Freie Typographia", the "Association of Workers' Choirs of Lower Austria" was founded on December 20, 1891 as the umbrella organization of several choirs close to social democracy. From the turn of the century there was a "Reichsverband der Arbeitergesangsvereine Austria", which from 1902 published the Arbeitersänger-Zeitung as an association organ. In 1906 the association had 108 member associations with a total of 3,503 members.

After the end of the First World War, the number of clubs and members grew rapidly. In 1922 the “Reichsverband” had over 339 associations with almost 12,000 members, around a quarter of them in Vienna. In 1925, the singing club of the Social Democratic Art Agency , led by Anton Webern , joined the association. In 1923 the name of the association was changed to "Austrian Workers 'Singers' Association" (ÖASB).

102 clubs and over 5,000 singers took part in the celebration of “60 Years of Labor Song” on August 5, 1928 on the Jesuitenwiese in the Prater . The celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Alsergrund Workers' Singers Association on October 8, 1933 in the Vienna Prater Stadium was the last major public event of the Viennese Social Democrats. The ÖASB was dissolved in 1934 and re-established in 1946. In 1994 the federal government comprised 125 clubs with 2,960 singers.

The Vienna Workers' Association has opened the annual protest song contest on February 12th in the Rabenhoftheater since 2004 .

The ÖASB celebrated its 125th anniversary from May 13th to 15th, 2016 with a national singers festival under the motto Singing builds bridges in Bruck an der Mur , at which 32 workers choirs with a total of 800 singers from all over Austria as well as guests from the Czech Republic and Slovenia participated. A special highlight of the event was the musical premiere of Brecht's Koloman Wallisch cantata , which the ÖASB had eight composers set to music. The choirs were supported by the Savaria Symphony Orchestra from Szombathely and the soloists Martina Otasek (alto), Herbert Tomaschek (bass), Susanna Kopeinig (soprano) and Alexander Kaimbacher (tenor).


Web links

Commons : Österreichischer Arbeitersängerbund  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Prostest Song Contest 2016. Viennese working singer, 2016, accessed on January 9, 2017 .
  2. Singing builds bridges - Klangwolke over Bruck an der Mur. 125 years of the Austrian Workers' Association. (PDF) (No longer available online.) Austrian Workers' Association, 2016, archived from the original on January 9, 2017 ; accessed on January 8, 2017 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Patrizia Scheuchenstuhl: Bundessängerfest in Bruck. HiWay-TV, May 18, 2016, accessed January 8, 2017 .