Schloss Esterházy

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Top performances and wonderful little things, curiosities and everyday life from the heyday of Eszte

„A’ Musikussai ez Herczegi-Háznak Mind ki-válogatott Emberekből állnak, Áriát, Concertet magoktól találnak, Szép ékes Operát midőn köll, tsinálnak.” (Márton Dallos: Eszterházi várnak [...] leírása [1781] – detail)

In the second half of the 1700s, the brightest star of Eszterháza became, of course, Joseph Haydn, and the princely orchestra and opera company he led,

but all the vibrations of Prince Miklós Esterházy's residence, its everyday life, were determined by the needs, tastes and generosity of the “Creator” himself.

In today’s world, we can’t even imagine that at the “end of the world” at the time there was a cultural and entertainment “industry” that would become the ornament of any European capital today. In Eszterháza, in addition to several days of entertainment and weddings, continuous balls and dance parties, theatrical performances were commonplace. All genres were represented: prose theater, comedy and tragic opera, puppet opera, pantomime and ballet. These were replaced by public and private “Academia musica,” in other words, concerts, primarily in the two opera houses that functioned as community spaces, but also in chamber interiors for chamber music and other exceptional occasions. The best of the age - performers, theater professionals, composers - turned within the walls of the castle. The castle and its events reflected day by day the most sophisticated material, artistic and performing arts tastes of the era. The motivator and spiritual father of all this was none other than Prince Nicholas Esterházy. He was the dreamer, builder and performer of Eszterháza, who in a flash made his residence on the shores of Lake Neusiedl one of the cultural centers of Europe.

We are launching a series in which we make public many outstanding performances, unknown information and curiosities, often known only to researchers in various fields of art and science, of which the 18th century traveler witnessed and participated in Eszterháza. In addition to all this, of course, we cannot forget about everyday objects, small curiosities, miracles and things we wear.

Stay tuned for the coming weeks and months!
Time travel up!


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