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