No one knows Liechtenstein and if you ask a person who grew up here about famous people from this country, finding an answer will be very difficult. It is not easy to think of a musician from Liechtenstein. Even the results shown on Google are frustrating. Not only are there just a few results but there was only one name I have heard before: Josef Rheinberger.
Now, we have learned that famous people from Liechtenstein are as hard to find as cheese from Madeira, we can look at why I actually know this person. He was born in Liechtenstein, to be exact in Vaduz on the 17th of March 1839. His birth house is currently the music school of Vaduz where people learn how to play different instruments. Not only is instrumental music taught there, but so too are singing lessons. This house is next to the cathedral in Vaduz and I have had classes there before.
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger’s father was the treasurer for Aloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein. Josef himself showed exceptional musical talent at an early age. At the age of seven, he was already serving as an organist in the cathedral in Vaduz and he wrote and performed his first composition at the age of eight. His father supported him in his career and allowed Josef to enter the Munich Conservatory from 1851 to 1854. In 1859 Josef Rheinberger was appointed Professor of the Theory of Music and Organ at the Conservatory, a position which he held until a few months before his death.
As a composer, Josef Rheinberger was remarkable for his power of invention and a noble solid style. Among his two hundred compositions are operas, symphonies, chamber music for various combinations of instruments, and much more.
He was married to Franziska von Hoffnaaß. The couple remained childless but they had a happy marriage and Franziska wrote the lyrics for many pieces of her husband’s local work. Josef Rheinberger died on the 25th of November in 1901 in Munich where he had spent most of his life.
Livia Halbeisen is a volunteer from Vaduz, Liechtenstein who likes art, hiking, and cooking.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.