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Mozart's origins lie in Swabia. With its exhibition the Mozart House shows the history of the family. Leopold Mozart, the father of Wolfgang Amadeus, was born here in 1719. Leopold was a composer and vice director of music, and his “Violinschule,” published in 1756, made him well-known throughout Europe as a music teacher. He recognized the talent of his son early and educated him to become a composer. Wolfgang Amadeus was in his hometown five times -- 1763, 1766, 1777, 1781, and 1790. In 1777, he experienced a small romance with his Augsburgian cousin Maria Anna Thekla Mozart during a two-week sojourn in Augsburg. Thus, from 1777 to 1781 Mozart's famous “Baesle Letters” arose, which reminds the reader of Augsburg.
The Mozart House features several collections. Engravings, books, hand-written letters, sheet music, and musical instruments as well as an audio guide (German, English, Japanese) lead the visitor into the 18th Century and through the life and the music of Mozart. A multi-media room provides interactive museum delights. With a combined ticket one can at the same time visit the Kleiner Goldener Saal (Small Golden Hall), which is only a few minute walk away, which recalls Leopold Mozart's school days. Information on current activities of Regio Augsburg can be found at www.augsburg-tourismus.de.
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.