The Schumann Museum is located in the Classical-style building in which Clara and Robert Schumann took up residence after their marriage ceremony in September 1840. Here the “Spring Symphony” was composed, and here Robert Schumann also wrote numerous articles for the “New Magazine for Music,” which was founded by him. The house is used and animated today by the “Clara Schumann” Free Elementary School. An exhibition was established on the main floor, where the artist couple lived the first four years of their marriage.
The exhibition, created by the Robert and Clara Schumann Association, leads through a part of the historical living spaces and gives an account of the life and work of the artist couple. The centerpiece is the Schumann Hall, which was restored true to the original and which today serves as a concert hall.
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.