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Kaiserschmarrn – Delicacies from the House of Habsburg

The period that saw the transfer of power from Leopold I to Joseph I was formative not only in respect of the political history of Austria, but in particular with regard to the history of music. Leopold I, who favoured the Italian style, was succeeded by Joseph I, a lover of French culture. The tension between the two forms the backdrop to the work of great composers such as J.J. Fux, J.H. Schmelzer, H.I.F. Biber, etc.
Vienna was also a city of culture attracting many international artists in the second half of the 18th century and especially in the period of Joseph II. The structure of society with its large aristocracy and the many extremely beautiful palaces proved to be fertile ground for chamber music and a virtual playground for the musicians of the Habsburg Court Orchestra and freelance artists like Mozart.
J.J.Fux’s treatise Gradus ad Parnassum of 1725 was the basic text used in the training of later generations of composers in counterpoint and harmony – the beginning, as it were, of the successful story of Austrian classical music.

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