Ich sünge gerne hübschen sangshare on facebook Songs from the times of Erzherzog Rudolf IV and Margarethe Maultasch
Music by Neidhart von Reuental, Walther von der Vogelweide, Heinrich von Mügeln, Johann von Bopfingen, Monk of Salzburg, Hugo von Montfort and Oswald von Wolkenstein
The singer-songwriters of the 14th century did not come from the circle of unfree nobles, but from the circle of the powerful people. When Emperor Charles IV married his daughter off to Archduke Rudolf IV of Austria in 1357, the poet Heinrich von Mügeln went along to Vienna and with that straight into a powder keg. For the smart Habsburg was intent on obtaining the title “Archduke” and presented his father-in-law with the “Privilegium maius” – a forgery so shameless that it almost caused a war. The UNICORN ensemble takes us straight back to this eventful period. Inside the oldest church in Graz they also shine a light on Margarete Maultasch, who played the county of Tyrol into the hands of her relative Rudolf. And with this gain in power, the saying about the happiness of the House of Austria – Felix Austria – was first coined.