Werner Egk Meeting Place Donauwörth

Pflegstraße 21 a
86609 Donauwörth

Guided tours:
Phone +49.906.789-170

Web: www.donauwoerth.de

Opening hours

May to September:
Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April and October:
Tuesday to Sunday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

November to March:
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A part of the estate of Werner Egk (1901-1983) has been on display since 1993 in the rooms of the idyllically situated convent building of the former Capuchin cloister: furniture from his last residence in Inning am Ammersee, including his grand piano, stage designs for his operas and ballets, hand drawings, paintings, commemorative medals, and busts.

Werner Egk was a graphic artist, conductor, composer, and a man of letters. The city of Donauwoerth, of which he was an honorary citizen since 1971, recognized his multifaceted artistic work by the bestowal of the cultural award named after him, by the Werner-Egk Biannual Festival with concerts, lectures, and exhibitions, as well as by scientific symposia.

Germany possesses musical traditions and legacies of extraordinary value: Handel, Schuetz and Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Wagner - to mention only a few names - are composers who are known and treasured throughout the world. Their work has played a significant role in shaping a unique musical landscape.

Numerous orchestras, choruses, ensembles, renowned music festivals and series, music houses with museums, public archives and libraries, but also private collections preserve their musical heritage.

It is necessary to revitalize this inestimable fund again and again and to develop it for the present. At the same time, an important role befits the houses combined in the consortium of music museums of Germany. In them we encounter the work of the musicians and composers who have extraordinarily enriched the cultural nation of Germany. However, beyond the individual portrait, beyond the procurement of individual oeuvres, the music museums also contribute overall to the maintenance of musical tradition. The present brochure underscores this aspect of the synoptic presentation and invites the reader on a journey into the musical history of Germany. I hope this tour guide will be actively used and receive a large response.

Bernd Neumann, Member of the Lower House of the German Parliament
Minister of State with the Federal Chancellor
Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and Media

Quoted from: Foreword to the brochure "Music Museums in Germany", 2007.