Biographies

A heart for Porto

A heart for Porto       by Maria Pussig The following story is - in the truest sense of the word - a matter of the heart and is certainly one of the most bizarre incidents in the history of Portugal and the city of Porto. Nevertheless, not many people...

Maria Karolina – the Italian Maria Theresa

Maria Karolinaby Julia MeisterMaria Karolina - the Italian Maria TheresaIt is well known that Maria Theresa liked to bring her daughters to men as profitably as possible in order to consolidate alliances and underpin alliances through marriage. This process was seldom...

The posthumous fate of Ludwig van Beethoven

Rest in Pieces   by Rita Klement Rest in Pieces [0] – das posthume Schicksal Ludwig van BeethovensWhen Ludwig van Beethoven was buried in Vienna on March 29, 1827, three days after his death, the crowd was enormous. The funeral had been scheduled for the afternoon...

Empress Elisabeth is murdered

Empress Elisabeth is murdered   by Katharina Mölk In September 1898, Elisabeth travels to Switzerland for several weeks. In Geneva, she stayed at the Hotel Beau Rivage. Through an indiscretion, the next day the newspaper published the news that the Empress of...
Antonio Salieri

Antonio Salieri

Antonio Salieriby Andrea StroblMost of us know the film "Amadeus" by Miloš Forman from 1984. When I saw the film for...

Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Sigfrid Karg-Elert by Anja WeinbergerSigfrid Karg-Elert - one of the great "forgotten" composersSiegfried was born in...

Syrinx or La Flûte de pan

Syrinx or La Flûte de pan

Syrinx  or  "La Flûte de pan" by Anja WeinbergerThis short piece for flute alone always touches my heart. I have known...

The Duke of Enghien

The Duke of Enghien

The Duke of Enghienby Thomas Stiegler"This was worse than a crime, it was a mistake." Napoleon and the murder of Louis...

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