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After the Carl-Gottlieb-Reissiger-Foundation was able to acquire the Reissiger house in 2018, the memorial for the composer and Dresden court music director Carl Gottlieb Reissiger was opened in August 2021 after extensive renovations.
The Reissiger house is located in the historic center of Bad Belzig next to the church St. Marien. Carl Gottlieb Reissiger was born in this house in 1798 as the son of cantor Christian Gottlieb Reissiger. He died in Dresden.
The permanent exhibition on the life and work of the almost forgotten composer refers to the rediscovery of his church music by cantor Thea Labes, who lived in the Reissiger house from 1967 until her death.
Handwritten scores, first printed sheet music and writings, images and artistically designed concert announcements make the story of forgetting and rediscovering come alive.
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.