Ars Antiqua Austria is an
early music group founded in Linz in 1995 with
the specific aim of performing Austrian baroque music on period instruments.
at the imperial court in Vienna during the
baroque era was influenced by Italian and French musical
forms as well as by Spanish court
Elements of Slavic
folk music also mingled with
alpine sounds in Austrian baroque music. The fusion of court with
folk music and an infusion of dance
formed the typical Austrian baroque sound.
The core of Ars Antiqua Austria comprises 8 musicians directed by
the baroque violinist
Gunar Letzbor. The
ensemble is augmented, as needed, to perform a wider