Saturday, February 16, 2013

Croatia: Ferdo Livadic

Croatia issued this stamp in 1999 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ferdo Liviadic. Livadic is known as the father of Croatian national music. He is best known for piano music and songs. His relationship to the organ is unclear, yet organ pipes feature in the back ground of this stamp. He studied law and music in Graz, Austria. He was preparing to pursue advanced study there, but was summoned home to run his family's estate.  He hosted numerous influential people at his home, especially related to the Illuryan (nationalism) movement. But he was also visited by Franz Liszt. His home in Samobor is now a museum. This stamp was issued June 18 as part of a set of seven stamps featuring famous Croats.

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