Brahms House

Maximilianstraße 85
76534 Baden-Baden (Lichtental)

Opening hours of the Brahms Museum:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 15.00 and 17.00 hrs
Sundays and public holidays between 10.00 and 13.00 hrs

Responsible body for the Brahms House is the Brahms Society of Baden-Baden
Brahmsgesellschaft Baden-Baden e.V.
Head Office: Maximilianstr. 85
76534 Baden-Baden
Tel: +49 (0)7221/99872
Fax: +49 (0)7221/71104

Chairman: Dr. Christof Maisch
Managing Director: Ute Blumeyer

The Brahms House with its museum is located on a hill in the Baden-Baden district of Lichtental. The Brahms House is the only preserved residence of the famous composer whom Robert Schumann introduced into the world of music in 1853 with his influential article “Neue Bahnen [New paths]” and whom he considered his musical heir.

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Johannes Brahms lived and composed in this house between 1865 and 1874. He was made aware of Baden-Baden by Clara Schumann, the pianist and wife of the composer Robert Schumann. Clara Schumann and her children lived in a house at Lichtentaler Allee, in which she once also invited Johannes Brahms for a visit. Brahms was filled with enthusiasm about Baden-Baden and its natural beauty and he started choosing Baden-Baden for his summer retreats over and over again, not least to maintain a lifelong friendship and musical partnership with Clara Schumann.

Many of his most important compositions were created or completed here: Symphonies No. 1 and No. 2, the Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, the String Sextet in G major, Op. 36, parts of the German Requiem, Op. 45, et al.

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In 1967, the Brahms Society acquired the house that had already been released for demolition.The main objective of the Brahms Society is to preserve the approx. 150-year-old house for posterity. In the earlier living rooms of Brahms, a museum has been established. On the ground floor of the house, there is a so-called guest studio where composers, musicologists and students from all over the world can be invited for a working stay by the Brahms Society in Baden-Baden. The studio has an extraordinarily extensive library with sheet music and literature about Johannes Brahms and Clara and Robert Schumann.

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