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The musical emperor

Today, on 13 July 1608, Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III was born in Graz, Austria. He reigned during the last decade of the Thirty Years’ War. It was a turbulent time for his country and its inhabitants, which ended with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. During his life, he was a well-known patron and lover of music. He studied under Giovanni Valentini (c. 1582 – 1649) and composed works himself. It made him the first monarch of the House of Habsburg to be recognized as a composer.

13 July in history

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