Friedrich Silcher, known today above all as a composer and collector of folk songs, is among the significant popular music educators of his era. He worked from 1817 to 1860 as the music director of the University of Tuebingen, composed several hundred works of church music, youth music, and music for performance in the home, and fostered the vocalist movement which emerged around 1800.
The museum in the rooms of the Schnait School constructed in 1767, the birthplace of Silcher, is devoted to the person and the work of the musician. In the former teachers' residence of the house the visitor finds a rural construction from the time period of the composer; in a modern museum hall, numerous documents and objects from Silcher's possessions illustrate his life and work.
The Silcher Museum, founded in 1912 by the Association of Swabian Singers and renovated in 1992, collects the personal and musical legacy of the composer. With an archive containing over 1,000 manuscripts and early prints, it supports the musicological research and the publication of Silcher's works. Since the year 2000 the Association of Swabian Singers has also presented its 150-year history here in its own room.
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.