The instruments of the Saxon master organ-builder Gottfried Silbermann are well known to music lovers from all over the world. That was reason enough to establish a museum for him in his hometown of Frauenstein, where he grew up from the age of three and attended school, a museum which was opened on January 14, 1983, the 300th birthday of the organ builder.
The museum is located in the architecturally most beautiful hall of the Frauenstein Castle. During the tour, the visitor can experience the individual stages of Silbermann's life: birthplace in Kleinbobritzsch – hometown of Frauenstein – apprenticeship in Straßburg – workshop in Freiberg – Dresden as the place of death Current organ building in Saxony is also represented. The inner workings of an organ are conveyed to the guests in a functional model of a mechanical slider chest organ. “Silbermann's sounds” can be heard during the “Silbermann Concerts,” which are presented annually. A permanent exhibition of all of the Silbermann organs still existing today and their churches is located in the foyer of the castle.
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.