in the Heinrich Schütz House
The Heinrich Schütz House is the only one of the composer’s homes to be preserved in its original form today. Schütz bought the house in 1651 and spent his retirement there from 1657 to 1672. Up in the attic, Schütz – Kapellmeister at the court of the Saxon Elector – composed his late masterworks. He completed his very last composition, which he called his “Swan Song”, in 1671.
The Renaissance house, built in1552, was carefully restoredbetween2010 and2012. Thenewly opened, permanent exhibition on Schütz’s life and works is housed in the rooms in which he composed the latter. The absolute highlight is the restored “Komponierstube” or “composing parlour” which features two autograph fragments of music by Schütz that were discovered inside the building. Numerousmusical examples and short films provide insights into HeinrichSchütz’s distinctive compositional style.Children and adults alike can meet the elderly composer by taking a seat on any of the four “Schütz sofas”and listening tofictional podcasts in which Heinrich Schütz reminisces about importantstages in his life. Visitors can also try out one of Schütz’s choral pieces – a “singing music stand” features an audio installation that offers a hands-on experience. Significant architectural details of the building and objects found during the restoration work are clearly identified. As well, our younger guests can follow a colour-coded indoor trail aimed at children, conceived as a playful introduction to the life of Heinrich Schütz.
In 2006, the Heinrich Schütz House was added to the German Government’s “Blue Book” listings of cultural heritage sites that are of special national importance. The permanent exhibition received the international “Iconic Award” in 2014.