Beethoven House in Bonn

Bonngasse 18-26
53111 Bonn

Tel.: 0049 (0)228 / 98175-0
Fax: 0049 (0)228 / 98175-31

Museum Director and Curator of Collections: Dr Michael Ladenburger
Bonngasse 24- 26
D-53111 Bonn
Tel.: 0049 (0)228 / 98175-17
Fax: 0049 (0)228 / 98175-24


Following the foundation of the Beethoven House Society in Bonn in 1889 and the project of making Beethoven’s birthplace available as a memorial to the public and of engaging extensively in the life and work of Beethoven both academically and artistically, an intensive collecting activity was initiated which continues down to the present day. Today, the Beethoven House has the most comprehensive and versatile Beethoven collection worldwide, which is freely available via the Internet ( In addition, the collection also comprises autographs by other persons who either had a personal relationship with the composer or otherwise played an important role in the reception of his works. Amongst the latter were Robert and Clara Schumann.

Robert Schumann, Fantasia for Piano, Op. 17, title page, autograph, concept
For further information see here.

Robert Schumann, Piano Booklet for Marie, autograph
For further information see here.

Robert Schumann, Theme and Beginning of the First Variation of the “Ghost Variations”,WoO 10,9, first version, autograph
For further information see here.

Robert Schumann, Letter to Clara Schumann, 5th May 1855, autograph
For further information see here.

Clara Schumann, Letter to the Beethoven House Society in Bonn, Frankfurt am Main, 25th February 1890, autograph
For further information see here.
Clara Schumann was appointed as an honorary member of the Beethoven House in the year of foundation already.

The picture collection houses further Schumann documents, whereas the Library additionally also holds first editions and early prints of works by Robert and Clara Schumann.

(Michael Ladenburger)

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