The Edvard Grieg Memorial and Meeting Place in Leipzig was opened on November 7, 2005, in the former rooms of the C.F. Peters Publishing House. Today, in the former music salon on the main floor, where Grieg personally played his latest compositions for the director of the publishing house, concerts and lectures as well as the events of the German-Norwegian Friendship Society, e.V. (Registered Association) take place. In the attached rooms of the meeting place the visitor comes upon an exhibition on the life and work of the outstanding Norwegian, who put his nation on the musical world map.
Since the conclusion of his studies in Leipzig, Edvard Grieg was connected both commercially and personally with Max Abraham, the director of the renowned C.F. Peters music publishing house. In 1889, Grieg concluded a general agreement with C. F. Peters, which ensured the publisher the exclusive right to the publication of his works. The house at Talstrasse 1 was for Grieg not only the registered office of his publishing house, but rather also frequently his residence during his stays in Leipzig.
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.