in Cultural Station (Kulturbahnhof), south wing
Louis Spohr (1784-1859) had a significant influence on music, not just in the 19th century. He was one of the first conductors to use a baton, and thus contributed to the development of modern orchestral culture. Louis Spohr was the Court Musical Director in Kassel from 1822 until 1857.
As a composer, he leaves behind an extensive body of works - from operas and symphonies to violin concertos, to chamber music for almost all instruments. He was also one of the leading violin virtuosos of his time. A number of eminent musicians sought him as a teacher.
The Spohr Museum displays the life, work and impact of the famous musician. His personal instruments and pieces of furniture illustrate his living and working conditions and establish connections with his musical works. Musical recordings open up further access to his work.
The museum also builds bridges to the present and offers a variety of hands-on activities.