The Leipziger Notenspur-Initiative is a community of interest of private individuals, associations, institutions and local businesses that wants to make Leipzig's outstanding musical history a tangible experience in the city.
Its origin lies in the idea of the project leader, which arose in 1998, to initiate a prominent musical city walk. After several attempts, a network for the realization of this idea has been established since 2005 - the Leipziger Notenspur-Initiative. In order to put the citizens' initiative on a legally secure basis, the Notenspur- Förderverein e.V. was founded in 2008, and in 2017 the name was changed to Notenspur Leipzig e.V..
In the meantime, "Notenspur" is a registered trademark and stands as an umbrella brand for the Leipzig citizens' initiative of the same name as well as the association.
Making Leipzig's musical tradition visible and audible -On a tourist trail through the city, which connects the authentic homes and workplaces of numerous composers of world renown with each other, these move back into the public consciousness. Connections are created between past and present, the imagination is fired and understanding awakened for the historical circumstances of the creation of great musical works.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert and Clara Schumann, Richard Wagner, Edvard Grieg and other important musicians are thus brought back to life as citizens of our city.
A special characteristic of Notenspur is to make the theme of music useful for other aspects of the city's development by linking the cultural project with other focal points. Through this networking, the Notenspur project is not only a music-historical one, it also includes architectural, urban planning, tourist, monument-historical, design, media-technical, economic-political and even family-political, educational and environmental-political aspects.
The concerns and goals of Notenspur are also supported by the city of Leipzig.
- Visualization of Leipzig's outstanding musical tradition in public space -highlighted wayfinding system between authentic places of remembrance
- Strengthening the identification of Leipzig's citizens with their city
- Development of an internationally perceivable umbrella brand for Leipzig as a city of music
- Development of a tourist attraction for Leipzig's guests
- Development of cultural values and roots across generations, genres and milieus
- Contribution of the "European Traces of Music" project to preserve the European Heritage Label awarded in 2018