Europe happens as people set out to meet each other. The European Music Trails follow the paths of Clara Schumann, Edvard Grieg and Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis to Germany, Norway and Lithuania where in the late 19th and early 20th century they initiated changes in an exemplary way in each of their respective fields of music. Each of their paths led at one point to Leipzig, Germany, where all of them lived or studied for some time and which Clara Schumann called her home.
The professional musicians of that era thought of themselves as Europeans, who kept a lively exchange, spoke several languages and travelled long distances from one concert venue to the other. Clara Schumann gave hundreds of concerts all over Europe. She travelled to Paris and Copenhagen, Moscow and Prag, London and Amsterdam, to only name a few. While they travelled they met other composers, became friends with musicians from different parts of the continent. On his journeys, Edvard Grieg met Peter Tchaikowsky, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt and many more. Studying in different cities in search of the best teachers was quite common, getting in touch with the regional culture, as Mikalojus Čiurlionis did in Warsaw and Leipzig.
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
Clara Schumann, geb. Wieck (1819–1896)
The European Music Trails set out to encourage an exchange between artists, of ideas and music between the three countries by organizing concerts, artist residencies, workshops as well as educational material and activities for children and young people. In order to develop new and larger audiences we will empower multipliers, instigate the active participation of citizens and move the music from conventional concert venues to unusual places.