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The Richard-Strauss-Institut was opened in 1999. It is housed in the villa built in 1893 for the Mannheim cigar manufacturer Georg Ludwig Mayer-Doß. The Institute is run by the municipality of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is supported by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts.
In our exhibition, you go on a voyage of discovery through the life and works of the famous composer and conductor from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Take a look at the way the composer worked, and see how a great work is created from the first idea to the completed score. There’s his private life in his chosen home, Garmisch. Set out on a virtual tour of the Strauss villa.
For children, the Richard-Strauss-Institut has some particular treats in store, through which they can discover, in a playful way, Richard Strauss, the human being, and his great music.
Strauss, and what was happening musically before him, around him and after him: that’s what you can hear in our concerts. In the potent atmosphere of our concert hall, you can listen to young musicians and internationally renowned artists.
We have gathered together in our archives and library both what Strauss wrote, and what was written about him. In that respect we work in partnership with the Strauss family, which looks after his estate. There is nowhere else with as much material about Strauss as Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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.