Category Archives: Musical Instruments

Grassi Liest 2013: The Leipzig Buchmesse in the Grassi Museums

With the last snow of winter melting quicker than chocolate cake of dreams on the fire of reality, it must be time once again for Leipzig Buchmesse. And once again the three Leipzig Grassi Museums are playing host to a … Continue reading

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Hinter die Kulissen geschaut: Grassi Museums’ Open Day 2013

On Sunday March 3rd the three Leipzig Grassi Museums invite all interested parties to take a peek behind, normally, closed doors. To step through the velvet curtain and learn what happens behind the scenes at the Applied Art, Ethnography and … Continue reading

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Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments Concert: 20th Century Hungarian Religious Music

For all who still find themselves humming along to the memory of Christmas choirs and Christmas hymns, the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments is hosting a concert on Saturday January 19th by the choir of the Kirchenmusikalischen Instituts der Hochschule … Continue reading

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Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig: Festakt 125th Anniversary Grassistraße 8

Established in 1843 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig is Germany’s oldest music college – and on December 5th 2012 celebrates the 125th anniversary of the opening of its oldest original, remaining, building Grassistraße 8 … Continue reading

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Advent Concert in Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments: Heinrich Schütz, Weihnachtshistorie

“To this day the work brings joy to young and old, wherever it is performed – and that is (thankfully!) ever more the case!” (Quote from Hans Joachim Moser in the epliogue to the Weihnachtshistorie musical score published by Friedrich … Continue reading

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Soiree for Anna Magdalena Bach

On Wednesday September 19th the GEDOK Gruppe Sachsen/Leipzig e.V. are hosting an evening devoted to and in memory of Anna Magdalena Bach. Born in Zeitz on September 22nd 1701, Anna Magdalena Wilcke was the youngest daughter of the court musician … Continue reading

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Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments: Reading “Elena Gerhardt: Mein Lieder-Leben. Memoiren”

Inconceivable as it may appear today that the daughter of a Connewitz publican could rise to become an international mezzo-soprano, at the start of the 20th century the world was a very different place. And Elena Gerhardt was the women … Continue reading

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Mendelssohn’s Organ Fantasies

Although more familiar for the contemporary tones it emits to accompany silent films, on Wednesday September 8th the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments Kinoorgel will ring to the tones of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, as Clemens Lucke improvises Mendelssohn’s works on … Continue reading

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Land des Donnerdrachens: Bhutan in music, words and images

On Tuesday September 18th the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum and the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments are jointly hosting a multimedia tour to the mountain Kingdom of Bhutan. Until recently largely closed to foreign visitors Bhutan remains a mysterious, almost, … Continue reading

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Early music live: Samuel Pepys

From 1660 – 1669 the young Samuel Pepys kept a diary. Not especially interesting in itself; however, Samuel Pepys’ diary documented the daily life in late 17th century London to such a degree of detail and with such a clarity … Continue reading

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