World-famous composers in the annals of our citiesGermany is known as a land of great composers. Their works can be heard around the world - and not least of all in concert halls, churches and cathedrals throughout Germany's historic cities.
Significant musical history was written by Johann Sebastian Bach. His family lived for years in Erfurt. This composer from the period of Baroque is recalled by a tour called "Following Bach through the City". Every year, Erfurt also hosts the "Thüringische Bachwochen" (Thuringian Bach Weeks) - an excellent tradition that offers much for music lovers.
Brahms composed his "Third Symphony" in Wiesbaden, and Wagner worked on his opera "Die Meistersinger of Nürnberg" (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) in a nearby villa on the Rhine River.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart also has roots in Germany's Historic Highlights cities. His father, Leopold Mozart, was born in Augsburg in a house that is still standing and houses a museum. Consequently Augsburg is understandably proud of its Mozartian heritage. So much so, that the 'Mozart@Augsburg' festival celebrates its musical Mozart heritage in Germany´s Mozart city.
Since 1921, Würzburg has been hosting an annual Mozart Festival at its famous Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO world heritage site. The festival is one of the leading music festivals in Germany and many internationally renowned artists have performed here over the years.
Although Bonn, just to the north, is better known as the birthplace of Ludwig von Beethoven, the world's largest private Beethoven exhibition is in Koblenz. It was in the house at Wambachstrasse 204 that the composer's mother, Maria Magdelena, was born in 1746. Today, the "Mutter-Beethoven-Haus" (Mother-Beethoven-House) also houses documents and letters of cultural figures of the period.