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Three New Museums At Hamburg's Composers' Quarters

New attractions showcase Hamburg's rich heritage in music. The new museums highlight the life and work of Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Johann Adolf Hasse

In the presence of Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Hamburg Minister of Culture, three new exhibitions on Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Johann Adolf Hasse were officially inaugurated at Peterstraße in the heart of Hamburg’s Composers’ Quarters on Wednesday, 18 March 2015. The new museums highlight the biographies of three musicians strongly associated with Hamburg, and show the impact of these great men on Europe’s music history. i

Hamburg’s Music Heritag In The Limelight

Prof. Barbara Kisseler: “With the opening of the new premises, the Composers Quarters, an important has been taken to put the light on Hamburg’s older music history, and to show how deeply Hamburg’s vibrant music scene of the past is rooted in a rich heritage. Hamburg, the city of music, is thus being placed in a much wider context. The Composers Quarter in Hamburg brings the city’s music history alive and allows insights into the breeding grounds of music – in the past and today.”

18th Century In The Focus

Guiding the guests from culture, politics, and business through the exhibition, Olaf Kirsch, board member of the association Komponisten-Quartier e.V., said: : “We are delighted that Hamburg’s musical history of the 18th century can now be presented in an exciting way by exhibitions on Telemann, Bach and Hasse after two years of planning and construction.” A task also regarded as important by the patron of the Composers’ Quarters Kent Nagano is very important. Nagano will move to Hamburg in September 2015 to follow in the footsteps of Simone Young as music director and principal conductor of the Hamburg State Opera. The music education of young people is one of his utmost priorities.

Experiences For All Senses

The exhibition concept combines knowledge with sensual and artistic experiences: historic objects, spatial installations and media stations offer with audio samples, radio features, and films offer invite visitors to deeply explore Hamburg’s music history. Highlights include a model of a baroque opera stage, which allows a look behind the scenes, and insights into the first great era of musical theater. Musical instruments such as the piano used by Johannes Brahms for his teachings, a clavichord, preferred by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, as well as a spinet, typical for the music of Georg Philipp Telemann, are also on display.

Composers Strongly Tied To Hamburg

The composers honoured by Hamburg the new museums all boast strong ties to Hamburg. They were either born in Hamburg like Johannes Brahms or have lived and marked with their decades-long work of the musical life of the city, as the two Hamburg music directors Telemann and CPE Bach. Their names stands for a rich musical heritage attracting culture buffs from all over the world.

Dietrich von Albedyll, CEO Hamburg Tourism Board: “For international guests, a rich cultural programme is the most important criterion when choosing a travel destination By putting Telemann and Brahms in the limelight, the new composers district emphasises the fact that music is at home in Hamburg.”

Exciting Accompanying Programme

The exhibitions are enriched by a series of talks and concerts taking place at neighbouring Lichtwarksaal under the title “KomponistenQuartier – live“. Next to the organisers of the Komponistenquartier association, the Hamburg University of Music and Theater contributes to the programme. On 21 March 2015, the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, a series of concert will start with the viola da gamba player Simone Eckert and her ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik, “Ensemble in Residence” of the opening year.

Sponsors Needed For Further Two Museums

The three newly opened museums are the first milestones of an even more ambitious project. Supported by Carl-Toepfer Foundation,Hermann Reemtsma Foundation, the entrepreneur Hellmut Wempe and other sponsors, plans for two other museums are now waiting for realisation: To continue the presentations of Hamburg’s music history up to the 20th century, also shows on Fanny Hensel/Felix Mendelssohn and Gustav Mahlerare being envisaged.
Construction cost for the Composers’ Quarters three museums totalled 800,00 euro. The Hamburg Ministry of Culture has been supporting the project since 2013 with an annual funding of 30,000 euro. The district of Hamburg Mitte contributed 50,000 euro.

The museums are open to the public as of today, 19 March 2015, Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00, with Kleinhuis´ Café & Weinstube serving meals and drinks.

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