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Composers Quarter

The Hamburg Composers' Quarter is an association of various museums that offer exciting and interactive insights into the biographies of world-famous composers.

The KomponistenQuartier (ComposersQuarters) is a cooperation of different museums, offering exciting and interactive insights into the lives of Hamburg’s world-famous composers. 

The cultural metropolis Hamburg has a vast and unique history in terms of music. Outstanding composers were either born here or spent some years of their life in the hanseatic city to make Hamburg’s musical landscape even more diverse. 

Within the walls of the ComposersQuarters, the musical history of Hamburg comes back to life! Opened in 1971, the Quarters’ first museum invites musically interested visitors from all over the world to explore the life and career of Johannes Brahms. In 2011, the world’s first and only Telemann-museum was added, followed by three additional showrooms dealing with Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Adolf Hasse and Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn in 2015. Another exhibition for Gustav Mahler was openedin May 2018.   


Born in a quarter called “Gängeviertel”, Johannes Brahms became one of Hamburg’s most important musicians. Brahms received praise from all over the world for his unique style and mastery of nearly all musical genres. 


Even though Georg Philip Telemann is not a citizen of Hamburg by birth, he formed a strong bond with the hanseatic city. The former municipal Director of Music stayed in Hamburg for more than 46 years and made himself a name as one of the most productive composers in the history of music.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach-Museum

Following in his father’s footsteps, Johann Sebastian Bach’s most famous son spent two decades of the 18th century in Hamburg and left his mark on the city’s artistic history. The “Hamburg Bach” found his last resting place in the crypt of St. Michael’s Church, not far from the ComposersQuarters.  

Johann Adolf Hasse–Museum

With Johann Adolf Hasse, Hamburg also produced one of the most renowned composers in the world of operas and church music. The musician from Bergedorf spent his youth in Hamburg and rose to world fame in his later years.

Gustav Mahler-Museum

Taking up a position as First Conductor of the Hamburg City-Theatre, Gustav Mahler shaped the musical landscape of Hamburg between 1891 and 1897 like no-one else. He was known for his incredible efforts, sometimes he would conduct a concert every second night.

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