Lecturer: Peter Medhurst
Despite the enormous political challenges that Vienna faced between 1780 and 1830 – including major wars against Napoleon, – the city thrived, culturally. In fact, it could be argued that Vienna never had a finer moment in terms of its artistic achievements. It was a period of outstanding writers, poets, architects and painters, but above all, it was a period of great composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert who made Vienna the musical capital of the world. The lecture explores the history and the arts of Vienna in the late Classical and early Romantic eras.