The cantors and brothers Rudolf (1889-1971) and Erhard Mauersberger (1903-1982) were born in Mauersberg in the Ore Mountains, a district of the municipality of Großrueckerswalde. They are among the most important German church musicians of the 20th Century. They are commemorated in a newly constructed museum in their hometown. The permanent exhibition includes impressive contemporary documents from the life and works of the Mauersberger brothers as Kreuzkantor (head of music of the Kreuz Church in Dresden) or Thomaskantor (artistic director of the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig) respectively, as choir educators, composers, and conductors. Primarily artifacts from the private estates of the Mauerbergers, from their creative years in Aachen, Eisenach, Dresden, and Leipzig, as well as from the Ore Mountain collection of the Kreuzkantor with home-made Christmas mountain (Mauersberg around 1926) and its traditional fruitcake and gingerbread room are on display.
On the second floor of the museum, several temporary special exhibitions are on display annually, which take up and interpret current topics in a contemporary manner. In addition, supporting programs and concerts respectively take place.
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.