Posts tagged ‘history’

February 1, 2017

Pfahlbauten Unteruhldingen

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November 1, 2016

Wangen im Allgäu – Historische Badstube

by ada

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July 29, 2016

Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen – die Sonderausgabe

by ada

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July 28, 2016

Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen – part 3

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July 27, 2016

Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen – part 2

by ada

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July 26, 2016

Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen – part 1

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July 12, 2016

Feldkirch – Schattenburg Museum, part 2

by ada

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July 11, 2016

Feldkirch – Schattenburg Museum, part 1

by ada

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July 8, 2016

a matter of concentration

by ada

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July 7, 2016

Feldkirch – Schattenburg

by ada

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January 2, 2016

Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum Vaduz – part 3

by ada

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January 1, 2016

Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum Vaduz – part 2

by ada

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December 31, 2015

Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum Vaduz – part 1

by ada

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December 10, 2015

Bregenz – Martinsturm

by ada

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November 7, 2015

Budapest – Gül baba türbéje

by ada

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October 9, 2015

Valtice Chateau

by ada

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September 18, 2015

Mödling – Ludwig van Beethoven: Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier, Nr. 29 Op. 106

by ada

When the idea of the Travel Series first occurred to me, it seemed totally feasible. Like, go to places and then write about their relevance in classical music. Well, as it turns out, I do the first part (“go to places”) really well, but have some serious problems regarding the second. I visited Mödling exactly five months ago, managed to post my photos of it only one month later, and then life happened and everything became more important than Ludwig van Beethoven, whose music I don’t really fancy anyway.

But now! I still have 35 minutes left of my lunch break and I’m determined to use it the right way and show the world the places where Beethoven spent 5 summers of his life composing great music like the Diabelli-Variations (I’ve never got over the third variation, because it is so boring I am no pianist), the Mödlinger Tänze (which later turned out to not be from Beethoven at all), the Missa Solemnis (vocal works written after 1790 make me nervous) and the somewhat weird Piano Sonata Nr 29, one of the two sonatas he wrote specifically for the fortepiano.

Beethoven spent the summers of 1818-1819-1820 in this house, called Hafnerhaus, owned at the time by the potter Jakob Tuschek:

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And this is where he wrote the biggest part of his Missa Solemnis in the summer of 1820:

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And here is Beethoven himself, looking wild and dark, as usual:

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And now, after this totally uninformative introduction, let’s listen to the 4. movement (Introduction and Fuga) of the great sonata for fortepiano, Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier, Nr. 29 Op. 106, written during the troublesome* summer of 1818 on the first floor of the Hafnerhaus and dedicated to his student, the archbishop Rudolph of Austria.

* as it seems, neither housekeepers nor maids could put up with the temper tantrums of the great Beethoven for more than 4 weeks at a time, so he spent most of his time sitting in his room and being hungry while waiting for the maid who has already run away the evening before**

** doing something to help themselves is obviously not an option for geniuses. They have to either be served or keep starving. Going out to buy food is for lowly commons***

*** can you tell I don’t really like Beethoven?

September 15, 2015

Wien – the catacombs of Stephansdom

by ada

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August 15, 2015

but it’s love that does us in

by ada

A tribute to Wally Neuzil.

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August 12, 2015

Wien – Foltermuseum (Museum of Torture), the present

by ada

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August 11, 2015

Wien – Foltermuseum (Museum of Torture), the past

by ada

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May 23, 2015

Wien – Haus der Musik, part 2

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May 21, 2015

ich bin Ewig dein aufrichtig dich liebender bruder

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May 12, 2015

Tura – inside Schossberger castle

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April 30, 2015

Tura – Schossberger castle

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April 4, 2015

music for Holy Saturday – “Jordanis conversus est retrorsum” from Jean-Joseph de Mondonville’s great motet “In exitu Israel”

by ada

Passover-themed music for today: Psalm 114, part of the prayer that is recited during the Seder meal, set to music by Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, the favourite composer* of Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, also known as Madame Pompadour, the maitresse of Louis XV.

The great motet In exitu Israel was composed in 1753 and is the only piece by Mondonville I’ve ever played. My favourite movement is the third, when the river Jordan turns back: Jordanis conversus est retrorsum. Happy Passover!

* No wonder. Mondonville was rather sexy**

** He was also happily married to the best sight-reader musician of Paris, the harpsichord player Anne-Jeanne Boucon*** 

*** I apparently have a thing for long-deceased, married men, haha.

April 1, 2015

music for Holy Tuesday – Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Sonata da Camera in G minor

by ada

Instruments only for today’s music – one of the quartets that are so typical for the work of Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, the viola da gamba player of the Berlin court of the German emperor Friedrich II (der Große). Its third movement, an Adagio ma non troppo, is an adaptation of the old church hymn O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden. Originally written by Arnulf of Leuven in the 13th century as part of the religious poem Salve mundi salutare/Rhythmica oratio, translated to German by Paul Gerhardt in 1656, adapted to the melody of the love song Mein G’müt ist mir verwirret that appeared first in Hans Leo Haßler‘s 1601 collection Lustgarten neuer teutscher Gesäng, by Johann Crüger already in 1640, but only published in 1656, in the sixth edition of his collection of Protestant church hymns Praxis pietatis melica, and still being a source of inspiration for Janitsch (and co.) somewhere around the middle of the 18th century – this hymn definitively has what we should call a fruitful career.

Although on this recording the melody instruments are the oboe, the violin and the viola, it was originally composed for two violas and the traverso. The latter most likely was played by Friedrich II himself, as he is known to have been an amateur but very enthusiastic and talented flute player (and a lover of music, literature and arts in general. And also a lover of potatoes, but that’s another story). My favourite travelling music historian, Charles Burney has witnessed him playing and, as reported in his Continental Travels 1770-1772, was “much pleased and even surprised” with the King’s musical production. He found it important to mention though, that the capacity of His Royal Lungs has noticeably declined with age and “he was obliged to take his breath, contrary to rule, before the passages were finished”. Poor Friedrich.

March 29, 2015

Wien – Uhrenmuseum (Vienna Clock Museum), part 2

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March 29, 2015

Wien – Uhrenmuseum (Vienna Clock Museum), part 1

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December 6, 2014

Budapest – Semmelweis Orvostörténeti Múzeum (Semmelweis Museum of Medical History), part 2

by ada

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