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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Franz Joseph and the Advantages of Idleness in Politics

When Franz Joseph (1830-1916) succeeded his uncle Ferdy the Fool as Emperor of Austria in 1848 everyone breathed a sigh of relief. The man at least was not a certifiable mental retard. Moreover, he was quite presentable, had a genuine sense of duty and was extremely hard-working and conscientious. Up to this day, tourists at…
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Haydn in England and the Language that Crosses Borders

At the end of the eighteenth century, Austria‚Äôs unrivalled export was its musicians. Three of the greatest music geniuses of all time were near contemporaries, living in Vienna. The eldest was Haydn, there was Mozart, and the German Beethoven who moved from Bonn to Vienna in order to study with Haydn. Then, as now, musicians…
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