Komponisten-Quartier Hamburg e.V.
Tuesday to Sunday and on holidays:
10am to 5pm
Jan/1, Dec/24, Dec/25, Dec/31:
The KomponistenQuartier traces the musical history of Hamburg from the Baroque up to early modern times through the lives of six composers.
The exhibitions for Johannes Brahms, Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Adolf Hasse, Gustav Mahler, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy invite their guests to a journey of discovery: Who were the key musical figures? How did they live? What were their working conditions like? What does their music sound like? Historical objects, sensory exhibits, music and movie clips give insights into the unique musical tradition of Hamburg.
One of the highlights of the exhibitions is a model of a Baroque opera stage. Musical instruments such as the square piano at which Johannes Brahms taught his pupils, a clavichord, C.P.E. Bach's favourite instrument, as well as an exquisite spinet, an integral part of G.Ph. Telemann's music, give the KomponistenQuartier its own characteristic sound.
The KomponistenQuartier is just around the corner from the Michel (St. Michaelis church).
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.