Calling on the Composer: A Guide to European Composer Houses by Julie Anne Sadie

Calling on the Composer: A Guide to European Composer Houses by Julie Anne Sadie

By Julie Anne Sadie

Across Europe, greater than 300 homes and museums commemorate the composers who lived and labored in them. In Calling at the Composer, two distinctive musicologists consultant the musically curious traveller or reader to those websites and supply crucial details on their content material and significance.

Whether lakeside hut or moated fortress, clock tower or cave, village institution or superb city apartment, the actual context for musical genius and the artefacts of day by day life have a robust impression on how we understand the determine at the back of the track we all know and love. Julie and Stanley Sadie have journeyed to thirty-one international locations to bring together this designated shuttle better half and reference resource. they provide functional details for the customer, professional insights, and full of life observation. Richly illustrated and supported via thorough maps, the entries on person composers hint their steps in the course of the practicalities of existence and divulge to us the context of creativity.

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There is one commemoration in a former cinema, in Horodyshche in Ukraine, to the baritone and composer Gulak-Artemovsky. In a slightly different category is the Chopin commemoration in the instrument museum at Pozna´n, where a room is devoted to the composer. 01 Chapter 1294 26/4/05 10:00 am Page 16 16 C A L L I N G O N T H E C O M P O S E R Then there are museums associated with industry. The most striking is the Tchaikovsky museum at his birthplace, Votkinsk, in Udmurtia, on the estate where his father had been manager of an ironworks that built cannons and anchors, more recently the site of the Votkinsk Intercontinental Ballistic Missile factory.

But a fresh spur was provided by newly established independence and often nationhood. In the West, while the base of support for ‘classical’ music seems to have been shrinking in the closing decades of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, several new museums have come to be founded and old ones refurbished, celebrating composers of all periods since the 18th century. The more immediate past, as usual, will need to wait. Perhaps, with the establishment by the National Trust of house museums in Liverpool to McCartney and Lennon, others to popular musicians may follow; and certainly Andrew Lloyd Webber’s art collection already has a museum potential.

But not many composers came from the castle-owning classes. The Benda brothers and Smetana are commemorated at one where they worked, at Benátky nad Jizerou, as is Bach at Köthen (also in one at Ohrdruf, close to where he briefly lived). There is a memorial room to Haydn at the Esterházy family Versailles in Hungary, Eszterháza, near Ferto˝d, and there are Beethoven commemorations at the castles of his patrons – the Lichnowsky family at what is now Hradec nad Moravicí in North Moravia, and the Brunsvik family at what is now Dolná Krupá in Slovakia and Martonvásár near Budapest (the latter more country house than castle).

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