Clara Schumann was born in 1819 in the "Hohe Lilie" house in downtown Leipzig. Just a few steps away is the site of the first Gewandhaus, where Clara gave her first concert, and after a few more steps you are at St. Nicholas Church, where she was baptized. Another hundred yards away stood the house where she met Robert Schumann, and a further short walk takes you to her and Robert's first joined apartment. Leipzig and its places are closely linked to the life and work of the famous pianist and composer; with every step through Leipzig's city centre, we tread the paths that Clara Schumann also took.
In the app "Clara's Sound Trail," the musician's music and that of her contemporaries playfully guide us on a walk to the stages of her life in Leipzig. Those interested can start equipped with headphones and smartphone at the “Hohe Lilie” house on the corner of Neumarkt and Preußergäßchen. After Clara talks about the house where she was born and the first years of her life, soft music is played that gets louder as we approach the next stop. If we walk the wrong way, the music gets quieter until Clara asks us to turn around. If we walk the right way, the music gets louder until Clara welcomes us at the next stop. A compass needle on the smartphone display helps with orientation.
At each station, Clara tells us what this place is all about, anecdotes from her life, what kept her busy and what her life as a musician was like. While we listen to her there is the possibility to take a look into the past in form of photographs and images of the buildings Clara tells us about, even if they no longer exist. In addition, each time a small riddle is waiting for the participants, which they have to look attentively at their surroundings or think a bit to solve.
The app "Clara's Sound Trail" is available free of charge for iOS and Android in the respective app stores from September 14th, 2019 (German only). Currently, an update is being created to improve usability. If you encounter any problems please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Special thanks to Buchfunk Verlag Leipzig for their support.
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.