Europe in your Living Room is a show created by the Historical Archives of the European Union and the Engaged Academics as part of their school outreach program. Each episode contains a short interview – in Italian – in which a people involved in the HAEU education program – archivists, trainers and teachers – discuss broad issues related to Europe and European integration with a young academic.

The interviews are intended as an introduction to European issues for secondary school students in the Florence area and beyond, while also offering a window on the world of the archives and early stage researchers.

THIS WEEK : Thursday 17/12 at 17.00 – Veronica Chincoli celebrates the 250th anniversary of Ludwig Beethoven’s birth with a special episode on the relationship between music and European integration.

On 250th Anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, one of the most important classical composer of the Western music world, and the author of the composition chosen as the anthem of the European Union. In 1972 the Council of Ministers adopted his “Ode to Joy” as his anthem – which in 1985 became the official anthem of the EU, – and the Historical Archives of the European Union hold the documents of this decision.In this special broadcast we want to celebrate the memory of Beethoven as a symbol of the value of music as a creative language that can tell the history of Europe. Departing from the EU anthem, the musical journey moves throughout the years of European integration – from pop songwriters to rock, from electronic music to rap – following the structure of the exhibition celebrating the 70° Anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, realised by the Historical Archives of the European Union, another anniversary that we celebrate this year.


Ludwing van Beethoven – Minuet in G Major WoO 10 No.2

Ludwing van Beethoven – Ode to Joy (European National Anthem)

John Lennon – Imagine

Serge Gainsbourg – Le Poinçonneur des Lilas

Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express

GNR – Portugal na CEE

Alaska y Dinarama – A Quién Le Importa

Benny B. – Vous Êtes Fous! 

Niccolò Fabi – Io Sono L’Altro

Ludwing van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, III. Rondo