In the house located Sebastianstraße 182 in Bonn-Endenich, the composer Robert Schumann spent his last years of life. Today, there are the music library of the federal city of Bonn and the Schumann memorial rooms. The Schumannhaus hosts concerts, especially Schumann’s piano and chamber music.
Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts hatte die Bonner Honoratiorenfamilie Kaufmann im damals noch nicht eingemeindeten Endenich oberhalb der Rheinebene am Rande des prähistorischen Rheinbetts einen Landsitz erbaut mit der gesamten Stadt und den daraus hervorstechenden Münstertürmen als Silhouette im Blickfeld und dem Siebengebirge als Hintergrund. Der ehemalige kurfürstliche Hofkammerrat Matthias Kaufmann hatte hier nach Auflösung des Kurfürstentums und seiner Einrichtungen, unter ihnen auch der Universität, Jurastudenten versammelt, um sie trotz der Schließung der Universität fachlich weiterzubilden. Wann das Gebäude vom Typus einer “Maison de plaisance” seine heutige Gestalt erhalten hat, ist nicht mehr sicher zu ermitteln; jedenfalls wurden rechts und links je eine Fensterachse auf heute insgesamt sieben angebaut. Der Eingang zu dem Anwesen befand sich damals auf der Stadtseite, von der Alfred-Bucherer-Straße aus. (von Siegfried Kross)
At the end of the eighteenth century, the Bonn notability family Kaufmann had built a cottage on the edge of the prehistoric Rhine bed above the Rheinebene with the entire city and the prominent Münstertürmen as a silhouette and the Siebengebirge as a background. After the dissolution of the electorate and its institutions, among them the university, the former court of the Electorate, Matthias Kaufmann, had gathered together jurisprudence, in spite of the university’s closing down. When the building of the type of a “Maison de plaisance” has retained its present form, it is no longer possible to determine it reliably; in any case, a window axis was added to the right and left to a total of seven today. The entrance to the property was then on the city side, from Alfred-Bucherer-Straße. (By Siegfried Kross)
The house was built at the end of the 18th century as a country seat. On October 29, 1844, the psychiatrist, Dr. Franz Richarz, opened a medical and nursing institution for mental disorders. Here Schumann spent the last two and a half years of his life; he lived in two rooms on the first floor of the building on the left. (house in image center)
Rebuilt main building about 1955
Inauguration of the house and opening of the music library 1963
The Schumannhaus today – flagged for the Schumannfest
In 1846, during a prolonged health crisis, which prevented him from composing, Robert Schumann took the plan to record his life story. This project was carried out just as shortly afterwards as the project of a narrative with autobiographical features, into which Schumann’s earlier poems and musical essays were to be woven. In the spring of 1854, in four volumes, Georg Wigand, in Leipzig, published the collection of essays, but without a poetic framework, in Schumann ‘s life, and he appeared as a “Collected Works on Music and Musicians” Century, Carl Maria von Weber, Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt, and, last but not least, Richard Wagner, would also have the lead.
Clara Schumann née Wieck is considered to be the most important pianist of the 19th century. She was equal to her male colleagues like Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin or Ignaz Moscheles.
Pianist, composer. Daughter of the piano pedagogue Friedrich Wieck,
Concert tours to Denmark, Russia, Vienna
Compositions: songs, piano pieces, chamber music, a piano concerto.
1856 widowed, together with Joh. Brahm’s publication of her husband’s works.
1878 as a teacher for piano at the university conservatory in Frankfurt am Main.
She gave lessons and began to publish her husband’s entire work.
After a deafness forced her to stop her public teaching work in 1891, she taught until her death only privately and gave only private concerts to her friends.
On May 20, 1896, the gifted pianist, who has so strongly influenced German and European culture, died in Frankfurt am Main.
The Schumannhaus is the domicile of the Musikbibliothek, a branch of the Stadtbibliothek Bonn. On the upper floor, the library’s reading room, also used as a chamber music hall for many years, borders two small rooms where Robert Schumann has lived since his arrival in the spring of 1854 until his death on 29 July 1856.
Head: Silke Kovàr
Tel.: 0228/77 36 56
Fax: 0228/77 917 3656
E-Mail: Silke Kovàr
Monday closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fr: 11.00-13.30 and 15.00-18.00
The entrance to the museum is free!
Directly to the online catalog of the Stadtbibliothek Bonn
Direction with public transport:
Sebastianstr. 182, Schumannhaus, 53115 Bonn
Bus line 604, 605, 606, 607, (al from main station), stop Alfred-Bucherer-Straße
Access for wheelchair users
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Since the beginning of the 90s, the British patron of the arts, Michael Sharpe, honorary member of the association Schumannhaus Bonn, has been giving Schumannhaus gifts from his collection every year – original documents from the Schumannkreis, including letters, photos, business cards, first editions of sheet music. In addition, he has donated a total of € 17,000 to Schumannhaus. On August 24, 2014 Michael Sharpe died in London.Folgende Stücke aus der Sammlung sind besonders erwähnenswert:
The archive is under construction.