MusicAtlas: Dresden

The reprehensible devastation of the precious city centre at the end of World War II faded out many traces of the glorious musical history of the capital of Saxony, although some important buildings have been reconstructed. But the medieval St. Sophia church with its Silbermann organ is finally lost, as are all the inner city houses of composers.

In the 17th c. Heinrich Schütz was the leading musician (1617–72). In the 18th, during the reign of August der Starke, the musical life reached its peak: Hasse (opera), Zelenka (church music), Heinichen (orchestra) and the violinist Pisendel all worked here as court musicians. In 1736 Bach was honoured with the title of court composer; he visited the town seven times. His son Friedemann was organist at St. Sophia, 1733-47. In the 19th c. Weber (1817–26) and Wagner (1846–49) led the court opera. Schumann (1844-50) and Rakhmaninov (1906-09) lived in Dresden.

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Schütz -

Image for Kreuzkirche An der Kreuzkirche 6 Dresden
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Image for Frauenkirche Neumarkt Dresden
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Weber?

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Chopin a.o.

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Image for Hofkirche/Kathedrale Theaterplatz Dresden
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music history

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Image for Zwinger Theaterplatz 1 Dresden
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Image for Staatsoper (Semperoper) Theaterplatz 2 Dresden
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Schütz

Image for Residenzschloß Taschenberg 2 Dresden
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Zelenka

Image for Taschenbergpalais Sophienstraße Dresden
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Naumann

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Wagner

Image for  Friedrichstraße 41 Dresden-Friedrichstadt
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Weber a.o.

Image for Alter Katholischer Friedhof Friedrichstraße 54 Dresden-Friedrichstadt
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Naumann

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Draeseke

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Wieck

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Rubinstein

Image for  Fanny-Lewald-Straße 1 Dresden-Kleinschachwitz
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avant-garde

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Wieck

Image for  Friedrich-Wieck-Straße 10 Dresden-Loschwitz
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- Mozart

Image for  Körnerweg 6 Dresden-Loschwitz
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Schiller

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contemporary music

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Gluck

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Weber

Image for  Dresdner Straße 44 Dresden-Hosterwitz
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Weber

Image for Keppmühle Keppgrund Dresden-Hosterwitz

Explanation of symbols

workshop A workshop or atelier for instruments or other music items. other music Other occasional live music performances
library A library or archive. live music A concert hall or other place for live music.
conservatory A conservatory or music school. historic performances A place where composers or musicians performed or were employed.
house closed A house or building that is closed to the public. house open to public A house or building that can be visited by the public.
monument A single monument. monuments Two or more monuments.
museum A museum. opera house or theatre Opera house or other place for music theatre performances.
organ A memorial or interesting organ. memorial tablet A memorial tablet or stone.
grave A single grave. graves Two or more graves.