Original sounds

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Josef Winkler in the MQ main courtyard, original sound 2007

O-Töne is a literature festival on contemporary Austrian literature that has been held annually since 2004 in the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna . The readings take place under the open sky at dusk at various locations within the museum complex.


Gabriela Hegedüs and Christoph Möderndorfer open the 2015 o-töne
Franz Schuh and Claus Philipp, original sound 2008
Norbert Gstrein , original sounds 2008
Gernot Wolfgruber , original sound 2009

Since the first event in 2004, the O-Töne program has been to present “a new generation of Austrian authors who have a major impact on the current literary discourse in this country” and to make “the broad spectrum of contemporary spelling visible” . Gabriela Hegedüs and Christoph Möderndorfer are responsible for the festival management, concept and implementation . Curator of the series is Thomas Keul , editor of the literary magazine " FULL TEXT ".

In contrast to major literary festivals elsewhere, the authors and the texts they have presented should be the focus of O-Töne. Both already published and unpublished texts will be presented at the readings.

Since 2005, the individual readings have been introduced by well-known literary scholars and critics, who are intended to bring the audience closer to the classification of the text in the overall works of the lecturer and the literary life of Austria as a whole.

Quotes 2004 (July 8th - August 26th)

Opening concert: Dimitré Dinev and band

Original sound 2005 (July 7th - August 25th)

Opening concert: The Slow Club ( Hansi Lang , Thomas Rabitsch , Wolfgang Schlögl )

Quotes 2006 (July 13th - August 31st)

Opening concert: Kollegium Kalksburg

Quotes 2007 (July 12th - August 30th)

Opening concert: Stubnblues ( Willi Resetarits + Xtra Combo)

Quotes 2008 (July 3rd - August 21st)

Opening concert: Sex, violence & good mood group

Quotes 2009 (July 9th - August 27th)

Wolf Haas 2009, with a visitor record of around 3000 guests

Opening concert: Ernst Molden , Willi Resetarits & Band

Quotes 2010 (July 8th - August 26th)

Arno Geiger in conversation with Felicitas von Lovenberg , original sound 2010

Opening concert: Die Strottern

Quotes 2011 (July 7th - August 25th)

Péter Esterházy, original sounds 2011
Siiri Sisask, original sound 2011
Meaghan Burke, opening 2011

In contrast to previous years, the o-töne 2011 present both Austrian authors and authors from other European countries as part of “Austrian-European double features”. The compilation was carried out by curator Thomas Keul in cooperation with Pro Helvetia and the Vienna branches of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura , the Institut français and the Romanian Cultural Institute , as well as the Czech Center Vienna , the Polish Institute Vienna , the Slovak Institute in Vienna and the Embassy of Finland .

A preview on June 20 in cooperation with the Collegium Hungaricum and the Embassy of Estonia presented the Hungarian writer Péter Esterházy , musically accompanied by László Dés and followed by a concert by the Estonian singer Siiri Sisask .

Opening concert: Meaghan Burke
Opening lecture: Sabine Gruber (AT): "Stillbach or Die Sehnsucht"

Quotes 2012 (July 5th - August 30th)

Wolf Haas, original sounds 2012

As the organizers declared, due to the large number of visitors, the 2012 quotes no longer comprised eight, but nine evenings. The first excerpts from current book publications were presented at six of the readings.

Opening concert: Diknu Schneeberger Trio

Quotes 2013 (July 11th - August 29th)

Opening concert: The Nino from Vienna with Ernst Molden , before that a serenade for the 10th anniversary of the o-töne of Willi Resetarits and Molden

Quotes 2014 (July 10th - August 28th)

Opening concert: Mimu Merz , Matthias Leboucher , Lukas Lauermann (in cooperation with the "MQ Summer of Sounds")

Quotes 2015 (July 9th - August 27th)

Arno Geiger (2015)

Opening concert: Schmied's pulse

Quotes 2016

Opening concert: Martin Klein

Quotes 2017 (July 6th - August 24th)

Opening concert: Violetta Parisini

Quotes 2018 (July 12th - August 30th)

Opening concert: Stefan Sterzinger

Quotes 2019 (July 11th - August 29th)

Opening concert: Alicia Edelweiss and Lukas Lauermann

Quotes 2020 (July 16 - September 3)

Web links

Commons : Original soundtracks  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Der Standard : Mircea Cartarescu had to cancel her visit to Vienna , July 27, 2011
  2. literary festival O-TONES MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. Retrieved June 21, 2019 .
  3. MQ: 17th O-TÖNE literature festival starts. June 29, 2020, accessed June 29, 2020 .