Cultural history

The “Klapotetz”

If you visit the wine-growing areas in the south of Styria, you will notice the large windmills everywhere, which not only turn merrily, but also make a lot of noise when the wind blows and fill the whole mountain with sound. These are the Klaptotetze, which are...

Cécile Chaminade, a French composer

In 1857, Cécile Chaminade was born in Paris at the foot of Montmartre. Her mother, a pianist, initially taught the little girl the piano herself and it soon became clear that a special talent had to be cultivated here. The eight-year-old soon played for George Bizet,...

Eastern Roman and Byzantine Empires

The Byzantine Empire immediately conjures up images in our Western European minds: magnificently dressed emperors, mighty domes and glowing mosaics, but also decadence and intrigue. Unfortunately, our classical school education often does not provide much more than...

Olivier Messiaen – a blackbird for the flutist

I probably don't think of any other composer as often as I think of Messiaen in my daily life - at least not with this regularity, which has lasted for years. His piece Le merle noir is practically in my head as soon as I set foot outside. We live in the country and...
Styria joins Austria

Styria joins Austria

24 May 1192: Styria becomes part of Austria.   On 17 August 1186 the Georgenberg Handfeste was concluded on the...

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