The bilingual exhibition (German-English) was first shown in Leipzig's New Town Hall from November 6th–16th, 2017 and was on display in an expanded form in the Promenaden Hauptbahnhof Leipzig from March 13th–April 8th, 2018. From November 8th–11th, 2018, it was presented at "denkmal - Europe's Leading Trade Fair for Conservation, Restoration & Old Building Renovation" and from October 8th–17th, 2019 exhibited in Brussels at the Royal Museum of Art and History (including an accompanying brochure in French).
The exhibition is divided into four sections. First, it presents Leipzig's special historical situation at the intersection of Via Regia and Via Imperii as a European crossroads for goods, ideas and culture, which made possible its development into a civic city of music.
The second part is the main part of the exhibition and deals with the European interconnections of Leipzig's musical tradition, without which Leipzig could not have gained its importance as a European musical metropolis from the first half of the 19th century.
The third part deals with European values, which were actively shaped by musical developments and committed musical personalities in the past, and are still lived today, as well as with current issues that have played an important role in the history of persons and institutions. Keywords such as national and European identity, civic initiative and participation, and the power of music to overcome language barriers are addressed.
In the last part, the exhibition offers an outlook on the European cultural project "European Music Trails" carried out with several countries and further projects of the Notenspur Association in the European context.
Bach Archive Leipzig
C. F. Peters Ltd & Co. KG
Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
Grieg Memorial Centre Leipzig
University for Music and Theatre „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“
Richard Wagner Association Leipzig
Robert and Clara Schumann Association Leipzig
Leipzig University Senior Citizens Academy
The project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
Funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.