Götz Teutsch (photo: Monika Ritterhaus)

Chamber Music

Philharmonic Salon

The Philharmonic Salon: “The Weimar Musenhof” It is thanks to a woman, Anna Amalia, Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, that Weimar became the spiritual centre of Germany in the second half of the 18th century. Highly educated and gifted both musically and artistically, she brought the greats of her time, the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in particular, to her “Weimar Musenhof”. With readings and music, the Philharmonic Salon traces the footsteps of this illustrious circle. The texts are read by Gerd Wameling.

Gerd Wameling speaker

Raimar Orlovsky violin

Ohad Cohen violin

Ho-Hsuan Feng violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Martin Löhr cello

Jelka Weber flute

Walter Seyfarth clarinet

Marie-Pierre Langlamet harp

Cordelia Höfer forte piano

Götz Teutsch programme supervision

The Weimar Musenhof

Music by Anna Amalia von Sachsen-Weimar, Johann Baptist Vanhal, Johann Friedrich Reichhardt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ernst Wilhelm Wolf and Joseph Woelfl

Texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Joseph Rückert, Carl Wilhelm Heinrich Freiherr von Lyncker, Wilhelm Bode, Panja Mücke, Annette Seemann, Leonie and Joachim Berger, Anna Amalia von Sachsen-Weimar, Gabriele Busch-Salmen and other authors

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 21 Oct 2018, 16:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 15:00

Serie S

Sun, 28 Oct 2018, 16:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 15:00

Serie S


Anna Amalia, Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, was a woman of many artistic talents: she painted, wrote poetry and composed, including music to Singspiele and other dramatic works by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Gathering the Weimar “Musenhof” (Court of the Muses) around her after the end of her regency, Anna Amalia was the real founder of Weimar’s heyday as a city of the arts. She appointed Christoph Martin Wieland as tutor for the future Duke of Weimar, which practically ushered in Weimar Classicism. For there, the author of Agathon and Musarion experienced a second wave of popularity for his poetry and in Der Teutsche Merkur, which he founded, he spread Weimar’s reputation as the Athens of Germany all over the globe.

Goethe, in addition to his administrative positions at the Weimar court, had a variety of responsibilities which Herder ironically enumerated in a letter of 11 July 1782 to Johann Georg Hamann: the prince of poets was not only a powerful minister, but “also directeur des plaisirs, court poet, author of pretty festivities, court operas, ballets, costumes for masked balls” etc. – in short, the “factotum” of the Weimar Musenhof, whose members Theobald von Oer immortalised in his famous painting of the same name from 1860.

Götz Teutsch dedicates this Philharmonic Salon to the illustrious circle of the Weimar Musenhof. Gerd Wameling reads texts by Anna Amalia, Goethe, Schiller, Wieland and Herder among others; members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Cordelia Höfer (piano and fortepiano) play works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Johann Graf, Franz Benda, Hummel and Reichardt.

Götz Teutsch (photo: Monika Ritterhaus)

Gerd Wameling (photo: Lukas Einsele)