D-15526 Bad Saarow
Sommer: 11.00-17.00 Uhr
Winter: 11.00-15.30 Uhr
Führungen nach Vereinbarung
The brothers Xaver and Philipp Scharwenka are descended from a Prussian-Polish family. They worked as composers, soloists and educationalists of music in the 19th till 20th century. Their artistry is ascribed to the late Romanticism. Their conservatories in Berlin and New York were one of the most famous institutions.
The museum that opened in 2014 is in Xaver Scharwenka’s “Musenhütte” (Scharwenka’s description for his home on the Scharmützelsee, where he found inspiration and relaxation). In 1910/1911 the musician had this house built like a villa in mountain style in Bad Saarow as a refuge of his artistic domain in Berlin. The museum shows examples of the both brothers’ varied work; their position in social life; their concerts; the connection with the family, other musicians and composers as well as the conscious use of the developing bourgeois domestic music and the beginning storage and playback of music. It also comprises the Scharwenka archive in which a stock of different materials were gathered since a lot of years and still are, such as photos, correspondences, sound carriers and autographs including notes mainly digitized. This includes the collection of various publications on the life, work, concerts and the heritage care.
The Scharwenka Kulturforum also offers a broad programme of cultural events in which the music dominates for up to 70 guests and changing exhibitions. Concerts with the Welte-Mignon reproducing piano belong to this. The house provides an educational programme as adventure and discovery tours for young people.
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.