The museum in the Schumann House can be found on the first floor, in the former quarters of Robert and Clara Schumann.
The focus of the display in the two cabinets is twofold. On the one hand, it presents Robert and Clara Schumann’s youth and their respective artistic development, and on the other hand, it gives a thorough overview of the great significance of the Schumann House as a place of international encounter for artists. Among some of the interesting pieces in the exhibit are the square piano belonging to Friedrich Wieck (built ca. 1825) as well as the original preserved fortepiano belonging to Wilhelm Wieck from the year 1866.
Robert Schumann’s Study:
The office, which was redesigned in 2010, recalls Schumann’s dual talent as composer and writer. Such famous compositions as his “Spring Symphony” or the first movement of his famous piano concerto were composed in this room. There are two listening stations, which offer the opportunity to hear the music in its place of origin, as well as to become acquainted with Robert and Clara Schumann’s marriage diaries.
Reminiscent of the Biedermeier-period rooms, the Sound Room was added as an enrichment to the museum on September 12th 2015. The room’s aesthetic appearance as well as its manifold uses allow it to connect the history of the house with its vibrant current purpose as a museum, event location and musical elementary school. In the center of the room, you will find a sound installation by the artist Erwin Stache.
The Schumann Hall with its fine wall ornamentation, which has been restored to match the original, is not only part of the museum, but also a gem among concert halls in Leipzig and the surrounding region. The young newlyweds used this hall to receive guests; among them such well-known contemporaries as Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen. The hall’s furnishings with timber floor boards and double wing doors, as well as an oven from the mid-19th century provide an authentic overall impression. Today the Schumann Hall is the location of numerous chamber music concerts throughout the year, as well as the renowned Schumann Festival Week. Furthermore, it is possible to rent the hall for special occasions and concerts.