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...
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...

The Harpist

The Harpist

Who never ate his bread with tears, He who never spent his sorrowful nights Sat on his bed weeping, He knows you not,...

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The Cappuccino

The Cappuccino

At the beginning of the 16th century, there was unrest within the Franciscan Order. Many friars saw the great ideal of...

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The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

The stories surrounding the so-called ghost ships are almost as old as seafaring itself. Which should not come as a...

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