A ten day Mahler Festspiel took us to Leipzig last May, giving us time to visit various music-related museums and churches, including of course some of Bach’s haunts. 

But most enjoyable for me was the Mendelssohn House which managed to combine being a museum, with all its educational aspects, while giving a strong sense of atmosphere as the composer’s former home.  You could easily picture the Mendelssohn children charging up and down the spacious wood-floored central corridor of the apartment, perhaps driving the occupants on the floor below crazy. 

Among the many fine exhibits, I loved this painting of the music room of Fanny Hensel (1805-1847), Mendelssohn’s sister, herself a composer and musician.  With the light pouring in from the windows on the left, it looks a wonderful space in which to read, write, compose or practice. And given that it dates from the first half of the 19th century, it has a timeless feel – one could walk in and use it today, exactly as it is. 

Sources: Mendelssohn Haus, Leipzig; portrait of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1842), by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, The Jewish Museum, public domain

Portrait of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1842), by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, The Jewish Museum, public domain
Mendelssohn Haus, Leipzig - painting of the music room of Fanny Hensel

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