Österreichisches VolksLiedWerk
Volksmusikland Österreich
Sociability
This group contains all songs that serve to entertain. They are sung and played in good company at home, in taverns or at celebrations. "Gstanzl" is a popular form of entertainment in this category. They are typically accompanied by dancing, and dancing songs are sung. Viennese songs and music in particular are for entertainment only. Drinking songs have been traced back to the 13th century, and reached the first climax of their popularity around 1600. The topics and motifs focus on drinking, women and the self-portrayal of the drinker and his philosophy of life. The 18th century saw the first "Lumpenlieder", vagabonds songs that jokingly and self-ironically portray a debauched lifestyle, decline and downfall.