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Antje Rößler

Pianos, Choirs and Costumes. A little music history of Meiningen in Thuringia [Klaviere, Chöre und Kostüme. Eine kleine Musikgeschichte von Meiningen in Thüringen]

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Edition: 1st

Release year: 2023

Number of pages: 88 pages

Images: 34 fig.

Format: 15.5 x 22.0 cm

Language/s: German

ISBN: 978-3-910347-18-2

ISBN (ePDF): 978-3-910347-19-9

ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-910347-20-5

Short text

The “Miracle of Meiningen” is not an invention of the features section. Music and theatre are part of everyday life in Meiningen in southern Thuringia and are always the talk of the town.

Thanks to its art-loving dukes, Meiningen maintained its status as an important Central German music centre over the centuries. Members of the Bach family worked here, as did the composers Johannes Brahms and Max Reger. The court orchestra and theatre had a pan-European appeal. The residential city on the Werra experienced its cultural heyday under the “Theatre Duke”, George II of Saxe-Meiningen.

VLB keywords: music history, Meiningen, Thuringia, Johannes Brahms, George II of Saxe-Meiningen, Johann Ludwig Bach, Gottlieb Friedrich Bach, Anton Ulrich of Saxe-Meiningen, theatre, Bernhard II of Saxe-Meiningen, George I of Saxony-Meiningen, Ludwig Bechstein, Theatre Duke, Elisabethenburg Castle, Meiningen Theatre Museum, Hans von Bülow, Richard Mühlfeld, Richard Strauss, Fritz Steinbach, Max Reger, Günter Raphael, Wolfgang Hocke, Günther Hofmann, Meiningen Court Orchestra, Meiningen Theatre

About the author

Author of theater history, music history

Antje Rößler studied musicology, sociology and philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She spent a year in Kansas City on a Fulbright scholarship, hosting music programs on Radio La Grande in Trujillo (Peru) and Jazzradio 101.9 Berlin. From Berlin, she travels to various countries to report on festivals and premieres.

The Berlin journalist sets off in search of clues to the Miracle of Meiningen. In 21 entertaining chapters, she sheds light on the musical facets of the city's thousand-year history.

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