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LOCATION „Schloss Kremsegg ist für musikliebende Besucher unschwer zu finden. Es liegt mitten zwischen Mozart und Strauß, also am halben Weg zwischen den Musikmetropolen Salzburg und Wien.“

„ ,Pfeif drauf, wenn du kannst!‘, sagte Trom Peter.“ (Museum educational guide, 2009)

(Tourism association of Bad Hall - Kremsmünster, 2010)

„In Schloss Kremsegg trifft sich das Musikland Oberösterreich mit dem Museumsland Oberösterreich.“


„Sibi et amicis – für sich und für Freunde“ (The castle motto, dateless)

At Schloss Kremsegg, the Upper Austrian Museum Land meets the Upper Austrian Music Land, creating a unique intersection. The museum’s collections and four permanent exhibitions combine with the spatial possibilities of the castle. The busy schedule of cultural programmes creates a centre of musical excellence. The philosophy of employing the instruments specifically for sound research places Kremsegg in the forefront of the international museum field. The next step will expand the exhibitions toward folk music, with an emphasis on string instruments.

The Museum is the heart of the castle Schloss Kremsegg. There are many ways to enjoy and experience this venue. The Museum at Schloss Kremsegg makes the hearts of musical families beat faster, for every room is filled with things that resonate. Throughout, music is in the air. Parents and children can explore the variety of wind instruments or the history of piano making together. While the adults follow in the musical footsteps of Franz Schubert and Friedrich Gulda, all young visitors can solve the mystery of “Trom Peter” – but to say any more here would be to give the game away! Many interesting educational programmes will also captivate school groups in the world of musical instruments.

Kremsegg is an important cultural centre in the region. Regular classical concerts take place throughout the year. It is part of the “Musiksommer Kremstal-Pyhrn” festival. The castle’s atmosphere guarantees high quality events, successful parties, and pure cultural enjoyment. The rooms in the building are particularly suited to private celebrations such as weddings and seminars. A highlight of the annual calendar is the traditional Advent market, which begins on the second weekend in Advent.

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(Musical history of Upper Austria, 2007)

Museum Opening Hours : Daily, except Tues: 10–17 (10am–5pm) Entrance: Adults: EUR 5,-, Reduced admission: EUR 4,-, Family: EUR 11,Schloss Kremsegg, Verein Musica Kremsmünster Kremsegger Straße 59, A-4550 Kremsmünster Tel. 07583/5247-0, Fax 07583/5247-21 E-Mail.,

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„Fremd bin ich eingezogen, fremd zieh ich wieder aus.“

„Die lieblich-pompösen Waldhörner sind bey jetziger Zeit sehr en vogue kommen ... weils sie theils nicht so rüde von Natur sind als die Trompeten.“

(Wilhelm Müller, Winter Journey, 1823) (Johann Georg Mattheson, 1722)

„Antonius Wolffradt, Abbte zu Crembsmunster, hat diese adeliche Vesten Crembsegg erkhauft, bezalt und seinem anvertrauten Stift auf ewig einverleibt. Anno MDCXXVII.“ (Anton Wolfradt, 1627)

„Hier ist doch gewis das Clavierland.“

Lords from the ancient Rot family constructed the castle in the Middle Ages. The property was built on a hill and on the right bank of the Krems. It was the seat of the protestant Grünthaler Family in the sixteenth century. They enlarged the structure and built a tavern at the foot of the castle. In the course of the Counter Reformation, the ownership of Kremsegg passed to the abbot of Kremsmünster Abbey in 1627.

Collection development is the Museum’s most important task. Accordingly, room was found for the piano collection of the pianist Paul Badura-Skoda at Kremsegg. It was combined with existing in-house collection to form the impressive “Clavierland.” Over 200 years of pianomaking history is preserved in working instruments. The choice astounded the general public and experts alike as these treasures are explored with eyes, ears, and hands.

Since the nineteenth century, the owners changed in rapid succession. The work of the Countess Therese Kinsky and the commitment of the family of industrialist Werner Lutzky remain particularly memorable.

„Spiele jeden Ton so, als ob es um das Leben ginge! Denn es geht ja wirklich um dein Leben.“

(Wolfgang A. Mozart, 1781) (Friedrich Gulda, 1954)

The “Museum of Musical Instruments” venture started when the legendary “Streitwieser Collection” was brought from the USA to Kremsegg. Containing more than 1000 objects, the collection forms the basis of the museum. The variety of instruments and the coils and curves of the horns and trumpets continue to amaze all visitors. More historical brass instruments were added with the “Pizka Collection.” The horn player, Hans Pizka studied the long tradition of the Viennese School of Horn Playing extensively. The extensive inventory of sheet music alone is unique.

Particular attention is paid to fortepianos. These pianos can be described as the older brothers of today’s grand pianos. At “Clavierland”, you will fi nd examples of instruments from the best Viennese piano makers – such as Bösendorfer, Streicher or Graf – as well as from the rest of the world– including Steinway, Bechstein, Erard.

It is possible that Franz Schubert visited Kremsegg. In his day, the castle belonged to the abbot of Kremsmünster Abbey, where Schubert was a welcome guest. He valued the musical tradition of the Abbey. It seemed appropriate therefore, to dedicate an exhibition to the composer at the Museum. The music samples transport the visitor to the soundscape of the nineteenth century, full of gentle melodies. The preservation of this soundscape succeeds at Kremsegg with the help of several Schubert-era instruments.

A special exhibition is dedicated to an impressive musical personality of the twentieth century, Friedrich Gulda. He was an Upper Austrian by choice, Mozart admirer, piano genius, and an eternal seeker of “befreite Klänge” or released sounds. So, taking on the entire musical inheritance of the musician and composer was an obvious step. Thanks to the donation of extensive Gulda materials, Schloss Kremsegg archive has become the centre for Gulda research.

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