Cultural history

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...

Roman Slavery and Christian Charity in Late Antiquity

Since the first advanced civilisations, slavery had been an important factor in the social and societal fabric of the Mediterranean, and in the Roman Empire it even constituted an essential pillar of the economy. Slavery generally refers to the condition in which...

Johann Strauss Radetzky March

It is probably the best known and most played march in the world: the Army March II dedicated to Field Marshal Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky von Radetz, better known as the "Radetzky March".   This is due not least to its distinctive rhythm (datadám datadámdamdám),...

Two Stubborn Men – Michelangelo and Pope Julius II.

Michelangelo Buonarroti, the star of the Renaissance, had a real problem with Pope Julius II.   The Rovere Pope held his office in the style of an Italian territorial prince and had Michelangelo summoned from Florence to Rome in 1505 so that he could build...
Johann Strauss Radetzky March

Johann Strauss Radetzky March

It is probably the best known and most played march in the world: the Army March II dedicated to Field Marshal Josef...

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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