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Exhibition “European Music Trails”

The bilingual exhibition (German-English) was first shown in the New Town Hall of Leipzig (Neues Rathaus) from November 6th to 16th, 2017 and could be visited in an extended version in the "Promenaden Hauptbahnhof Leipzig" (Leipzig Railway Station) from March 13th to April 8th, 2018. From November 8th to 11th, 2018 it was presented during the European major fair for the preservation of historical monuments "Denkmal - europäische Leitmesse für Denkmalpflege, Restaurierung & Altbausanierung" and from October 8th to 17th, 2019 it was exhibited in the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels/Belgium.

The exhibition holds four parts. The first part highlights the special historical situation of Leipzig as an intersection of via regia and via imperii, the two major trade routes and therefore as a junction for trade goods, ideas and cultures, which made the development of Leipzig as city of music with a civic imprint possible.

The second parts is the exhibition's main part and deals with the European interdependence within the music tradition of Leipzig. Without these exchanges Leipzig couldn't have won its importance as European metropolis of music in the 1st half of the 19th century.

The third part deals with the European values, which have been actively formed in the past by musical developments and dedicated figures of the music world and which are still being lived today as well as current questions, which played an important part in the history of persons and institutions. Keywords such as national and European identity (belonging, home, alienation, exclusion), citizens' initiative and participation (networking, crossing of boarders) as well as the power of music to cross language barriers (emotional sensitisation and bonding, cultural exchange).

The fourth and last part of the exhibition offers an overview on the new European cultural project "European Music Trails" which will take part in several countries as well as other future plans of the Leipziger Notenspur initiative within a European context.


Bach-Archiv Leipzig
C. F. Peters Ltd & Co. KG
Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
Grieg-Begegnungsstätte Leipzig e.V.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“
Richard-Wagner-Verband Leipzig e.V.
Robert-und-Clara-Schumann-Verein Leipzig e.V.
Seniorenakademie Universität Leipzig

The project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, BKM) within the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 Sharing Heritage

Funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony (Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen). This measure is co-financed by taxpayers money on the basis of the budget which was decided by the members of the Saxon state parliament.