Mendelssohn-Haus – A Museum Dedicated to Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy:At Goldschmidtstraße 12 in Leipzig is Mendelssohn-Haus, the only remaining preserved private residence of the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The Mendelssohn family moved into this apartment at the beginning of 1845 and it was here that Mendelssohn died on November 4, 1847, at the young age of thirty-eight.
Built in 1844 in the style of late Classicism, Mendelssohn-Haus is an important representation of its time and it preserves much of the original construction and information about its most prominent resident. Leipzig was the most important and influential period of Mendelssohn’s short life and as such the house is of great historical and cultural significance. Mendelssohn-Haus has, since 1997, been made into a museum in honour of this brilliant German composer, virtuoso and conductor who was also a very good painter and active in the field of cultural and educational policy.
The house has been carefully restored to what it looked like during Mendelssohn’s residency. Some of the visitors to Mendelssohn-Haus included Robert Schumann, Clara Wieck, and Franz Liszt, as well as Richard Wagner, musicians of the Gewandhaus orchestra, teachers of the Leipzig university and of the conservatory. Today’s visitor to Mendelssohn-Haus can experience in this building an authentic place where many progressive ideas and discussions of worldly affairs and of the European musical life took place amongst the great composers. At the museum you can admire the living room with original furniture of the artist as well as several water-colour paintings and letters.
Although Mendelssohn was one of the most significant composers of the first half of the 19th century, his Jewish background caused contempt to be directed towards him during the National Socialists period. His accomplishments were almost forgotten during that time.
To preserve Mendelssohn’s works and legacy, regular concerts are held in the music salon on Sundays at 11:00. Visitors can attend the concert and then wander around the museum to learn more about this famous composer. There are also some evening concerts that you can book here.
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