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Travelling Musicians – Clara, Edvard and Mikalojus Konstantinas

During her concert tours throughout Europe in the 19th century Clara Schumann coverd a distance of several tenthousand kilometres – some of them by stagecoach, some of them by early steam trains or even by sleigh. Her colleagues Edvard Grieg from Norway and Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis from Lithuania travelled all over Europe as well and performed concerts in many different places between Moscow and Paris, Vienna and Oslo.

Robert Schumann wrote in September 1839 worried lines to his fiancé Clara Wieck, who was preparing for a journey to Berlin, where she would stay with her mother until her marriage to Robert: "take care when sitting in the carriage ..., and if the coach topples over, so do not try to hold on to it, you are quite likely to break your arm or hand this way."
Edvard Grieg wrote about his journeys in his diaries. In 1866 he was travelling through Switzerland during the winter: "Departure by train to Cameslata [Como-Camerlata], from there coach to Como, from there by steamboat over the magnificent Como lake to Colico [...] Departure by stage coach via Splügen to Chur, certainly the most unique tour I have done so far. After travelling a few miles upwarts into the Alpes we where so high up, that we experienced snow. [...] Because the sleighs were flying from side to side during this rough ride, soon to the left, soon to the right, so that we were in danger the whole time to be shattered, soon the sleigh balanced on one side, soon on the other and rumbled up and down the enormous blocks of ice and snow so that we had other worries than feeling cold. On the contrary, we sat in anguish and were sweating from every pore. But still, the situation was exciting, this memory is so marvellous that I wouldn't want to have missed it."

 

The entertaining exhibition "Travelling Musicians" reminds us, that travelling in the 19th century ment a great challenge and took a long time. The travellers were happy to arrive at the waiting room of each station to take a short break. There they could eat something small like coffee or a sandwich. The coffee break lasted only as long as it took to change the horses or to replenish the steam locomotive with water.

The exhibition shows the inconveniences of these journeys on the basis of the concert tours of the three musicians. It shows photographs and drawings of railway stations and stage coaches as well as the itinerary of their journeys. In an album for each of the three composers you can see photos of their families as well as quotes from their diaries or drawings they made during their journeys, when taking pictures on the road wasn't quite as common as it is today. Additionally the exhibition gives information on travelling wardrobes and equipment from the 19th and 20th century.

 

The exhibition concept was developed in a cooperation between Notenspur Leipzig e.V. and Bauhaus-University Weimar. Architectural students designed as part of their term paper first concepts of a micro architecture, which was created especially for railway stations and airports. From all those drafts one final design was selected, which was then implemented by five students with the help of their professors. Prof. Eszter Fontana, musicologist from Leipzig, developed the contents of the exhibition for banners, panels and albums.

The exhibition is part of the project "European Music Trails" which is being implemented by Notenspur Leipzig e.V. and its partners from Lithuania and Norway between 2018 and 2020 and wich is being funded by the European Union in its programme "Creative Europe".

 

The exhibition will be shown at the following stops:

Germany

Central Station Weimar: 19.9. – 14.11.2019

Airport Leipzig/Halle: 19.11.2019 – 8.1.2020

Central Station Chemnitz: 11.1. – 10.2.2020

Central Station Leipzig: 13.2. – 1.3.2020, Midissage 20.2.2020, 5 p.m.

Lithuania

Railway Station Varėna: 4. – 25.3.2020 (roll up version)

Railway Station Vilnius: 6.3. – 2.4.2020

Railway Station Druskininkai: 26.3. – 5.7.2020 (roll up version)

Railway Station Kaunas: 3.4. – 1.5.2020

Railway Station Plungė: 15.4. – 12.5.2020 (roll up version)

Railway Station Šiauliai: 2. – 31.5.2020

Culture Centre Rietavas: 13.5. – 3.6.2020 (roll up version)

Bahnhof Klaipėda: 1.6. – 1.7.2020

Palanga: 4.6. – 1.7.2020 (roll up version)

Norway

N.N.

 

Concept

Prof. Dr. Eszter Fontana, Notenspur Leipzig e.V.

Design

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Students
Ann-Kathrin Höltkemeier, Lena Beckmann,
Carla Koch, Alix von Knebel-Doeberitz, Dania Hajjar

Teachers
Professorship Building Morphology
Prof. DD DI Bernd Rudolf, Dr. Ing. Luise Nerlich
Professur Presentation Methodolgoy
Prof. Andreas Kästner, Dipl. Ing. Hagen Höllering

Realization

Carpentry work - Schreinerei Hartmann GmbH, Walldorf
Exhibition print - TREND Schrift und Werbung, Weimar

Acknowledgements

Bergen Public Library, The Grieg Archives
M. K. Čiurlionio namai, Vilnius
Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, KODE
Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig
Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig
M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas
Norsk Folkemuseum
Notenspur Leipzig e.V.
Robert-Schumann-Haus Zwickau
Schumann-Haus Leipzig
Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und
Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB), Dresden
Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
Universität Leipzig, Edvard-Grieg-Forschungsstelle
University of Bergen, Library


With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.