Österreichisches VolksLiedWerk
Volksmusikland Österreich

The musical folk culture is characterised by the special historic role of the "Archbishopric of Salzburg" and by the central geographical position which has led to influence from Upper Austria, Styria, Tirol and Bavaria.


In the 1930s and 40s in particular, influences that shaped folk music originated in Salzburg. They include three-part singing in close harmony, the diatonic hammered dulcimer and thus parlour music and Salzburg's Advent singing. Tobi Reiser, a citizen of Salzburg, was central to these developments. He composed many pieces of folk music closely modelled on traditions which are now played throughout Austria by various types of groups.