Österreichisches VolksLiedWerk
Volksmusikland Österreich
History

The historical song is typically short-lived due to the event, the contemporary political or historic context, which it describes. Important events in history, such as wars, sieges, reforms, power struggles are dealt with here. Often, the songs contain criticism against the authorities, politicians, or the state of economy; and it was not uncommon for the authors to be punished for publishing them.

Exceptions lived on beyond their temporal context and are now synonymous with heroism, resistance or national pride.

The problems of more recent times, such as pollution or affluent society have been picked up by critical songs or in cabaret since the 1970s.