<%@ LANGUAGE = JScript %> Famous people houses and museums Itinerary - Musicians <% var cosaesiste %>
Bronze of Riace


Bela Bartok
The visitor entering the Memorial House is received by Bartok Bela's magnificent quotation, which was his professed creed all his life. Bartok Bela lived and composed in this building between 1932 and 1940. This being the last residence in Hungary of the great composer, the Metropolitan Council set up in it the Bartok Memorial House, which was opened to the public in 1981, on the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Bartok Bela. Since then the Memorial House has received innumerable enthusiasts both from this country and from abroad, making them acquainted with the environment where one of the greatest composers of th last century worked. Simultaneously it plays a more and more significant role as a home of creation in the life of serious music in the capital, offering musical programs, concerts, and popularizing Bartok's compositions.



Ludwig van Beethoven
Many visitors from Germany and abroad consider Ludwig van Beethoven's birthplace to represent a landmark of Bonn.
The paintings, busts, personal letters and sheets of music, first editions, musical instruments and articles of his personal use are exhibited according to the respective subject or to chronology. They show aspects of Beethoven's life and work and give an impression of his personality, his way of thinking and working. They lead the visitor through the era of the Electors in Bonn, which had been influential on Beethoven's childhood and youth. Some of the most popular pieces of exhibition are Beethoven's portraits by J. Stieler, Willibrod J. Mähler und Ferdinand Schimon, the bronzed bust of 42-year-old Beethoven by Franz Klein, the life and death mask, Beethoven's ear-trumpets, his string quartet instruments, his last grand piano as well as a changing choice of letters, music manuscripts and music prints.


Bonn - Germany

Vincenzo Bellini
The house in Catania where Vincenzo Bellini, composer of opera, was born in 1801 and lived has been turned into a museum. He wrote his last completed opera The Puritans for performance in Paris, and died near there. The other operas he composed in his short life include The Capulets and the Montagues, The Sleep-Walker and Norma.
The Museum now displays collections of photographs, original scores and other artefacts relating to him. Inside the museum there are three big halls and two small rooms: the sequence of the halls explains the life and career of the great composer. Paintings, prints, documents, antiques, busts, autographed manuscripts, a harpsichord, a spinet and two pianos. His iconography shows the whole period of Bellini’s life in the different places where he carried out his career: from Catania to Naples, from Milan to Palermo and from London to Paris.


Catania - Italy

Hector Berlioz
Musée Hector Berlioz occupies the composer's birthplace, a house in the centre of La Côte Saint André - between Grenoble and Lyon. It focuses on the life and work of the great Romantic musician, whose life was, as he put it, devoted to, "the most demanding of arts". The museum conjures up the life that Hector Berlioz led as a child. He lived here from 1803 to 1821, when he left the province of Dauphiné for Paris.
This attractive house, the home of a prosperous family, saw Berlioz's first steps on the road to becoming a musician, up to the age of 18. He learned to play the flute and the guitar here, as well as reading Virgil and Shakespeare.


La Côte Saint André, France

Johannes Brahms
Born in Hamburg, the son of a double-bass player and his older seamstress wife, Brahms attracted the attention of Schumann, to whom he was introduced by the violinist Joachim, and after Schumann's death he maintained a long friendship with his widow, the pianist Clara Schumann, whose advice he always valued. Brahms eventually settled in Vienna, where to some he seemed the awaited successor to Beethoven. His blend of classicism in form with a romantic harmonic idiom made him the champion of those opposed to the musical innovations of Wagner and Liszt. In Vienna he came to occupy a position similar to that once held by Beethoven, his gruff idiosyncrasies tolerated by those who valued his genius.



Frederick Chopin
The Frederick Chopin Museum at the Frederick Chopin Society in Warsaw was established in the 1930s. Autographs of the Polish artist were the start of the collection for the future Chopin Museum which after the Second World War became much more active.
Today the Museum collection, whose inventories contain 3,629 items, includes complete autographs, fragments, sketches manuscripts, printed matter, some with handwritten annotations, iconography, portraits and copies of Chopin's works (whole or fragments), made by members of the composer's family and circle.


Warsaw - Poland

Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar was arguably the leading English composer of his generation and a significant figure among late Romantic European musicians. Born in the West of England in 1857, the son of a piano-tuner and owner of a music shop, he earned his earlier living as an organist, violinist and teacher in his own part of the country. After his marriage in 1889 he found himself able to move to London as a composer, but success only came later, after his return to the West Country, confirmed by the Enigma Variations, first performed in London in 1899. He wrote relatively little after the death of his wife in 1920.
The cottage in which Elgar was born on 2 June 1857 now houses a unique collection of priceless manuscripts, photographs, scores, concert programmes and press cuttings.


United Kingdom

Edvard Grieg
Troldhaugen - the home of Nina and Edvard Grieg is one of the great tourist attractions in Norway. Every summer, from 1885 until his death in 1907, Edvard Grieg lived and worked here, touring Europe with his wife Nina during the winter months. He was much in demand all over the world, both as a pianist and a conductor, and became Norway’s foremost ambassador for the music of his times.
Today Troldhaugen is a living museum, consisting of the Edvard Grieg Museum, the house, the composer’s cabin, the tomb and Troldsalen. The new Edvard Grieg Museum, which opened in the spring of 1995, houses a permanent exhibition, multimedia room, café and administration. Regular concerts are held in Troldsalen during the summer and autumn and there are a number of other concerts and special events throuout the year.


Bergen - Norway

George Frideric Handel
The Handel House Museum in London, home to the baroque composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759. It was here that he composed some of the greatest music in history, including Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Fireworks Music.
The Museum celebrates Handel's life and works, displaying early editions of his operas and oratorios, and prints, sculpture and portraits of Handel and his contemporaries in finely restored Georgian interiors and bringing live music back to his house.


United Kingdom

Leos Janácek
Leos Janácek is today one of the best-known figures in Czech music the world over. His works are thought-provoking as well as being an object of admiration.
The Archive is the foremost musical archive in Moravia, of which Brno is the capital.
It is housed in the former organ school where Janácek lived and worked, and it contains much of the primary archival, musical and pictorial material relating to the composer; but the archive also houses an extensive archive of material from the whole of Moravia and also from further afield in the Czech Republic.


Czech Republic

Zoltán Kodály
In the house where Kodály lived from 1924 to 1967, the museum introduces his life and activity. Three rooms in the composer's home, the library-study, the dining room and the music salon, have been restored to their original state. Another room houses an exhibition on his work.
The archive, attached to the memorial museum, contains manuscripts, rich library, picture, gramophone record, music collections and other musical documents, valuable parts of Zoltán Kodály's legacy.

Franz Liszt
The museum is a reconstruction of Liszt's last Budapest flat on the first floor of the old Academy of Music, where the composer lived between 1881 and 1886. The collection of the museum contains his original instruments, furniture, his books, scores and some personal objects and memorabilia. The Liszt Research Centre in the house coordinates Liszt-research in Hungary and abroad as well. English, German, French, Italian, Russian and Hungarian speaking guides are available for visitors who can also get information about concerts, matinee concerts, conferences, exhibitions organized by the Museum, and also about other significant, Liszt related musical events.



Felix Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn Haus is the last private residence of the composer and director of music of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Felix Mendelssohn. The composer and his family lived on the first floor and here he died on November 4, 1847.
The building was opened in late 1997 to mark the 150th anniversary of the artist's death; it accommodates a museum on the first floor. The rooms now occupied by the museum have been restored to their original appearance, with the old floors preserved intact and the wall paintings reconstructed. The former music salon is now used for concerts every Sunday, and visitors can also see the composer's study and original furniture belonging to the Mendelssohn family.


Leipzig - Germany

Robert Schumann
The Robert-Schumann-Haus is an archive and museum in the house in central Zwickau where Schumann was born and spent his childhood. The museum holds a great many personal artifacts that are arranged in chronological progression. Concerts are held in a newly renovated concert hall and the web site also provides a link to the gift shop. The archive contains the most extensive collection of Schumann materials in the world: manuscripts, letters, personal belongings, and so on.



Arturo Toscanini
Toscanini Birthplace Museums was founded in 1967 in Parma, ten years after the musician 's death e in his birth centenary. The museum itinerary is structured trough thematic rooms dedicated to private and professional Toscanini's life. They highlight the international feature of his career. Toscanini, through the activity of conductor, has contributed to spread the classical music in USA. Moreover, the Parmesan musician has contributed to improve the Italian musical culture of his time. In fact, he was the first in Italy to execute German, French, Russian operas.

Giuseppe Verdi
Villa Verdi is the estate Giuseppe Verdi bought in 1848 and where he started living in 1851 and that soon became his home. There, the most famous Italian composer lived and worked, enjoying the isolation necessary to his creative genius and his loath and reserved character. The original country house bought by Verdi became in few years the place where the aesthetic precepts of that time and of Verdi himself found a perfect realisation which even at present every attentive visitor can seize and admire. Villa Verdi today, preserved as it was at the age of the great composer, is the best way to understand the immortal spirit of two facets of Verdi: the genius and the ordinary man.


Sant'Agata Villanova sull'Arda - Italy

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 - 1899), in his lifetime considered the greatest composer of the Americas, wrote about 1,000 pieces. His importance resides in one particular fact, among others: he reformulated the concept of musical nationalism, and became its greatest exponent. It was because of Villa-Lobos that Brazilian music became known in other countries, eventually becoming universal in appeal.
The Villa-Lobos Museum was created on June 22, 1960. Its collection consists of hand-written and printed musical scores, letters, documents, newspaper clippings, international and domestic concert programs, awards and decorations which show the life of the man and the composer.


Rio de Janeiro

Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1872. Here he would finally manage to find manifest his life's dream, which was also one of the most daring artistic visions of modern times.
Construction of Haus Wahnfried was completed in 1874 and Wagner and his family stayed here until 1883. In this home he completed the greatest work in musical - the score of "Götterdämmerung" and "Der Ring des Nibelungen" - and started on his final composition and "last goodbye" "Parsifal". His body was brought to Bayreuth and buried in the joint grave in the garden of Haus Wahnfried.
Within the vault in the cellar of the building are thousands of hand-written documents of Richard Wagner and his family, as well as several thousand original letters, but it is especially the original autographic material of his literary writings and the original hand-written drafts. Furthermore, the museum offers a video room, where one can view recordings of festival productions and documentary films, as well as a gallery of Wagner-related curiosities.



© '99, 2000, 2001, 2002 by ABIS Multimedia & Multimedialand Ltd.
Museumland it's a registered TM owned by Mario Bucolo.
All right reserved. All trademarks are owned by the respective company.
Itineraries images directly from refered web sites
To report any problem on this web site, email to: webmaster