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The Magic of Beethoven’s Allegretto

By 1811, Austria, exhausted from the Napoleonic Wars, was in a situation of crisis. Ludwig van Beethoven faced a kind of crisis too. He had serious financial difficulties. His attempt to marry – far from his first! – had ended…

Beautiful ruins in Greece

I Remain Forever: the Seikilos Epitaph

If you have been to an old cemetery, you have seen how cruel time is. Even the headstones which were placed a hundred years ago often seem half-destroyed: sad angels without heads sit on the cracked steles, names of the…

War in Two Masterpieces

In many popular movies, battles are the most gripping scenes. We admire mighty heroes killing several enemies with one blow. We enjoy the heat of combat, the thrill of victory… Here are a piece of music and a painting, both…