Responsible body: City of Bonn
The Association Schumann House Bonn e.V. (Registered Association) supports the Schumann House.
The last residence of Robert Schumann was built as a country house in the Classical style around 1790 and was later rebuilt as a private psychiatric clinic. The composer came here severely ill in March 1854 and died on July 29, 1856. Only occasionally had he been able to take walks under supervision, for example, to the Beethoven monument, in the erection of which he had been instrumental.
The building suffered heavy damage in a bombing raid in 1944. In 1963, the municipal music library and a Schumann Memorial was dedicated here. It displays letters, illustrations, and documents of Schumann and his family and circle of friends. The library is a much-visited music center with 110,000 items lent out annually. The cultural festival Bonn Schumannfest – Endenicher Autumn is devoted to the music of Schumann.
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.