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Heinrich Schuetz House Bad Koestritz

Forschungs- und Gedenkstätte im Geburtshaus des Komponisten
Heinrich-Schütz-Straße 1
07586 Bad Köstritz

Phone +49.36605.2405 und 36198
Fax +49.36605.36199


Opening hours

Tuesday – Friday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

On October 8, 1585, Heinrich Schuetz saw the light of day in Koestritz "a mile away" from Gera. On the occasion of his 400th birthday in 1985 the "Bad Koestritz Research and Memorial Heinrich Schuetz House" was opened in his birthplace. The museum has an exhibition on the life and work of the first German composer of international significance as well as on his cultural-historical environment.

The tradition of the annual Schuetz Days occurring in Kostritz in the first half of October began with the opening of the museum. Today we celebrate them as Central German Heinrich Schuetz Days in collaboration with the Schuetz House in Weissenfels, the Dresden Court Music under the direction of the Standing Conference of Central German Baroque Music in Saxony, Saxony Anhalt and Thuringia e.V (Registered Association)(MBM), with numerous concerts, a colloquium, and the traditional pageant on October 8.

Concerts, seminars, castle festivals, traveling exhibitions and colloquia, courses in early music, music sessions with children and adults, as well as temporary exhibitions in the Schuetz House Gallery are part of the annual program of the house. The museum has a comprehensive range of museum education ready for students of any age group.

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.