Deutschland (II) - classical music extravaganza
Leipzig Travel Blog› entry 6 of 42 › view all entries
October 18th, 2007 – by: erinontour
It was my day to indulge in all things classical music, and it was very enjoyable. I started at the Bach Museum, which had lots of pictures & music & info in German (and with an English audio guide). It's opposite the Thomaskirche where Bach (JS, that is) spent a lot of his life as choirmaster. I got to sit and listen to Bach compositions for a while, which is really something I don't do often enough.
I went into the Thomaskirche as well, which is where Bach's remains are now buried, and they have a Bach stained glass window and a Bach organ (built for his 250th birthday, or something, to perfect Bach-playing specifications).
Then it was over to Mendelssohn Haus, where Mendelssohn lived & had musical gatherings for many years. Also lots of pictures & info in German, but also an audio guide (on iPod Nano!). They also had some original furniture & the apartment is decorated based on real Mendelssohn evidence.
Next it was up to Schumann Haus, where Robert & Clara lived for some time. No audio guide this time, just a written English tour. All these places were very small & inconspicuous places (I had problems finding the entrance to the Shumann museum) but had really good displays & a wealth of information.
Then, because I'd bought a combi-ticket that included all these places, I went to the Musikinstrumenten-Museum. As the title suggests, they had a lot of musical instruments. They had a lot of stringed instruments & piano-esque instruments - all quite fascinating. But my favourite bit was the room upstairs, which was a hands-on museum. I got to play a see-through piano, a harpsichord and a clavichord!!! I've only ever played the harpsichord setting on a cheap keyboard, so it really was quite exciting. They had a bunch of other instruments as well, and a mini organ with only about 5 keys - no case so all the pipes & stops were on display. It was really cool to look at & fiddle with.
As much as I love Bach & all the others, playing the instruments was probably the highlight of my day!
In the evening I sat around chatting with a bunch of gusy at the hostel - one from Chile, one from Japan, one from New Zealand, and one from Tasmania. Yes it's true, the world is smaller than it looks.
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!