Richard Wagner ist Leipziger - Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH

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Date: 21.07.2017

Wagner Walks in Leipzig | Richard Wagner ist Leipziger - Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH


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Wagner Walks in Leipzig

Leipzig is a city with a great musical tradition. Music can be heard and experienced throughout the city. Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy or Robert and Clara Schumann all have museums dedicated to them. To date, the poet-composer Richard Wagner has proved considerably more difficult to find.
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Wagner in Leipzig

With this tour the Leipzig Richard Wagner Society aims to change this, offering inhabitants of Leipzig and visitors alike the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Wagner. Richard is a Leipziger … is the motto of the society. Because Wagner is the only one of these great composers to actually be born in Leipzig. It was here that he went to school, here that the idea of becoming a musician was formed. In Leipzig he found the material that he required, absorbed lasting impressions in the theatre and concert hall as well as experiencing the staging of his own early compositions. The relationship to his city of birth was a turbulent one, but at the end of his life the two were reconciled. It is now up to Leipzig to pay tribute to him. Follow in the footsteps of Wagner either on foot through the city centre or by car in the surrounding area. In the process you can accompany him through stages in his life.

1. Haus zum Roten und Weißen Löwen

Birthplace of Richard Wagner, Brühl 3 - Now a former department store (”Blechbüchse“ – tin box), Brühl 20

Richard Wagner is born in the year of the Leipzig Battle of Nations on 22 May 1813 ”on the Brühl, in the house of the red and white lion, two flights up“, the ninth child of the police clerk Friedrich Wagner (1770–1813) and his wife Johanna Rosine Pätz (1778–1848). Friedrich Wagner succumbs to a typhus epidemic on 23 November. Ludwig Geyer (1778–1821), a longstanding friend of the family, actor, painter and poet, marries Richard‘s mother on 28 August 1814, with the family subsequently moving to Dresden. Following the demolition of the building in 1886 various buildings were erected on the site, including a department store, which received a memorial plaque created by the Leipzig sculptor Fritz Zalisz (1937–1970). The reconstruction of the Brühl by ”mfi Management für Immobilien AG“ is set to be completed by 2010. The ”Blechbüchse“ will be included in the ensemble and a place of memorial to Richard Wagner established.

Tour/ Excursion

Excursion recommendations

  • Herrrensitz und Kultur-Gut Ermlitz (manor house), Ermlitz, Schkopau (Saalekreis), summer residence of the Apel family, frequently visited by Wagner.
  • Church and birthplace of Richard Wagner‘s grandfather in Müglenz, Hohburg (District of Leipzig). The Bayreuth Festival 2001 provided significant funding for the restoration of the church windows and organ.
  • Wagner Haus and theatre in Bad Lauchstädt (Saalekreis). Witnessed, in 1834, the beginning of the conducting career of Richard Wagner, as the Magdeburger Theater performed here in summer. Meeting with his first wife, Minna Planer (1809–1866).

Tour bookings

  • Richard-Wagner-Verband Leipzig e. V., tel. 0049 (0)341 30868933, -34
  • Leipzig Erleben GmbH, tel. 0049 (0)341 7104230