With the contributions of Grieg and Mahler, the city’s musical history reads like a who’s who of German composers. It’s the birthplace of Wagner, and Mendelssohn was involved with just about every lasting musical institution in town.
Bach was cantor, a role that saw him spending most of his time composing choral cantatas for church services.
He held that role until his death in 1750 – look for the out for the bronze plate near the altar marking his final resting place. Thomas Boys Choir is one of the oldest and most respected of its kind.
Performing since 1212, the present-day incarnation performs weekly concerts on Fridays at 6pm and on Saturdays at 3pm.
If you’re in town during July or August, you can also catch their open-air shows every Monday at 7pm.
From the Gewandhaus, take a short amble down Goldschmidtstrasse to Mendelssohn House, home to the great nineteenth-century composer from 1835.
The building has been lovingly restored to the way it was left in 1847.
In addition to offering a wealth of information about Mendelssohn’s life and work, the museum displays his musical notations and watercolours.
Drop by on a Sunday morning – recitals are held weekly at 11am in the salon.
The carefully-restored love nest of Leipzig’s most creative couple, Robert and Clara Schumann, is now a museum dedicated to their work.
During the pair’s four year tenancy, the Schumanns hosted luminaries like Hans Christian Andersen, Franz Liszt and Felix Mendelssohn.
This is also where Robert composed the Spring Symphony that won him world renown.