The Vienna Furniture Collection houses around 176,000 pieces including items belonging to Empress Maria Theresa, Emperor Joseph II
, and Franz Joseph I, and Charles I.
1788 - Austria's Franz Joseph II
declares war on Turkey.
However, Emperor Joseph II
did not like how much money was spent on the scenes and he banned them from churches in the late 18th century.
Through an act of compassion by the Turkish Pasha Selim in the opera, but also through the celebration of Eastern art and Mozart's bringing together of western and Turkish music (even if it's mostly his own imagined version of Turkish music), we experience the Enlightenment that Emperor Joseph II
was hailing when he commissioned the work.
Close adherence to Catholicism, except for Joseph II
, made service of the dynasty service of God as well.
The heavy stone gates of the star-shaped fortress built in the days of Joseph II
gape ominously, thanks to its tragic history in World War II and decades more as a prison.
In 1784, Joseph II
initiated an austerity program including simplified burial customs.
, and Mayo due to the abundance of griddles and chip stones (which were used as teeth in cassava graters).
The Charmed Circle: Joseph II
and the "Five Princesses," 1765-1790
After hearing Mozart play a piece commissioned in his honor, Emperor Joseph II
gave an interesting and somewhat amusing appraisal of the music: "My dear young man.
of Los Angeles, CA; a daughter, Michele A.
The second volume of Beales's biography of Joseph II
covers the years in which he ruled the Habsburg lands (today over a dozen sovereign states) after Maria Theresa's death in 1780.