Reinhard Keiser Memorial

Markt 9
06682 Teuchern

Phone +49.34441.20172
Fax +49.34441.20173


Opening hours

Tuesday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Guided tours by advance reservation at +49.34441.20172

The Reinhard Keiser Memorial is located in Teuchern (Rural District of Weissenfels) Am Markt 9. The composer was born in this building on January 10, 1674, but the house is no longer in its original condition. Since the 1980s, a permanent exhibition commemorates Teuchern's famous son here.  The visitor can retrace the individual stages of Keiser's life by means of plates and explanatory placards. A display cabinet shows replicas of historical instruments. Also, the scores and libretti of 16 of Keiser's operas, as well as copious sheet music, books and documents from Keiser's life can be viewed.

The foreign visitor is also kept in mind: the audio-tape guided tour of the biography of the composer with numerous musical examples is also offered in English and French, in addition to German. With the aid of video cassettes one can, for example, obtain an impression of the performance of a Keiser opera. The visitor can become acquainted with the works of Reinhard Keiser through many CD´s and music cassettes.

Besides Reinhard Keiser, the composers Johann David Heinichen, born in Kroessuln near Teuchern, Johann Christian Schieferdecker, born in Teuchern, und Johann Friedrich Fasch – who spent a brief period of his childhood in Teuchern – are also recognized here.

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.