The Mozart Effect

It can cure backache. And asthma. And obesity, writer’s block, alcoholism, schizophrenia, prejudice, heart disease, drug addiction, headaches, and aids. It makes bread rise better and improves the taste of beer. It can even make you smarter—so smart that in Florida it’s now the law that all child–care facilities receiving state aid include at least ..
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ADELE BLOCH BAUER 1907

Klimt sought to freeze in form the instincts he he once struggled so boldly to liberate. There is tension between the symbols – which are not traditional – but Klimt’s own iconography. Suggestive Eye Shapes  “Life” is frozen into an inorganic object. But the eyes re-animate it. It seems as if the thousand eyes of ..
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Overnight at Hotel Burgenland, Eisenstadt

Schloss Esterházy is Burgenland´s most significant cultural monument. Owned by the Esterházy family since 1622, the original Gothic castle combines Baroque pomp, classical severety and Austrian “Biedermeier”. The showpiece of the castle is the “Haydn Hall” — one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world. The accoustics are unrivalled.

Handel’s Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought by Ruth Smith

Handel’s Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought by Ruth Smith Cambridge University Press (May 4, 1995) Synopsis In this wide-ranging and challenging book, Ruth Smith shows that the words to Handel’s oratorios reflect the events and ideas of their time and have far greater meaning than has hitherto been realized. She explores literature, music, aesthetics, politics and ..
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Hundertwasser house, Belvedere, Secession

Friedensreich Hundertwasser was one of the most important Austrian artists of the 20th century. “Going back to our roots”, said Hundertwasser, “no-one lived in a house that had ankles or straight walls” – so he created a house “where you live as if it were built by nature itself”. Hundertwasserhaus Belvedere Palace Set in the ..
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Fin de Siecle Vienna

Genius flourished in Vienna at the turn of the 20th entury. Sigmund Freud uncovered the sexual neuroses of the high society; Arthur Schnitzler chronicled the hedonism, irony, cynicism and self-righteousness of the bourgeoisie Karl Kraus, the satirist, savaged the hypocrisy and corruption of all of them. Gustav Klimt was the artist who reflected the turmoil Carl Schorske, one ..
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THE BEETHOVEN FRIEZE

an expression of the neuroses of society The frieze was originally only designed as a decoration for the duration of the exhibition, and was meant to be dismounted and destroyed afterwards. However, it was bought by a collector who ensured its preservation by cutting it from the wall in eight parts. Only in 1973 was ..
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MUSIC AS A CELEBERATION OF LIFE

Handel Israel in Egypt LECTURE 1 — An oratorio of personal, political and universal redemption. Mozart Piano Concerto K466 LECTURE 2 —The “Mozart Effect” has a simple but life-changing message: music is medicine for the body, the mind and the soul. Beethoven Symphony No.2 LECTURE 3 — The Heiligenstadt Testament is the closest Beethoven ever ..
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The Highland Tradition of Scotland

HUGH TREVOR-ROPER Today, whenever Scotsmen gather together to celebrate their national identity, they assert it openly by certain distinctive national apparatus. They wear the kilt, woven in a tartan whose colour and pattern indicates their ‘clan’; and if they indulge in music, their instrument is the bagpipe. This apparatus, to which they ascribe great antiquity, ..
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