Felix Breisach's ORF "Pausenfilm" during the intermission pays tribute to 100 years of the federal state of Burgenland
The traditional ORF film during the intermission of the New Year's Concert is dedicated to the youngest of the nine Austrian federal states, Burgenland. The area, formerly known as "German West Hungary" belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary until the end of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and – according to the Treaty of Trianon – had to be ceded to the new Republic of Austria in 1921. The easternmost and smallest federal state, which is mainly characterized by the lake Neusiedler See, is celebrating its 100t h anniversary in 2021. Titled "Happy Birthday, Burgenland! 1921–2021", the film produced by Felix Breisach tells the historically documented demarcation by the Americans after the First World War and, through compositions of musical greats from Burgenland such as Franz Liszt and Joseph Haydn – performed by selected philharmonic ensembles – also conveys the diversity of Burgenland’s landscapes and cultures.