|In this painting by Archduchess Marie Christine, Duchess of Teschen we see (left to right): Archduchess Marie-Christine, Archduke Ferdinand, Archduchess Marie-Antoinette, Archduke Maximilian, Empress Maria Theresa and Francis I|
There are not quite so many royals at Gilflurt family gatherings but like we Covent Garden girls, Maximilian loved his music. The tenor in his court orchestra at Bonn was the father of a certain Ludwig van Beethoven and Maximilian took a very keen interest in the musical development of the young man. Under the tutelage of organist Christian Gottlob Neefe, Ludwig was brought to court and served as Neefe's assistant. Impressed by Beethoven's extraordinary talent, Maximilian became patron to the young musician and when he was seventeen, Beethoven was sent to Vienna to study under Mozart. This first opportunity was to end in tragedy when Beethoven's trip to Austria was cut short by the death of his mother but five years later he returned, this time studying with a variety of famous composers under the patronage of Maximilian.
|Archduke Maximilian, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette by Joseph Hauzinger, 1776|
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