Playing the instruments

Copies of historical as well as modern instruments can be played in the exhibition. In workshops, instruction is available.

Should the real historical instruments also be played as well as the copies? This is the most crucial dilemma of their conservation: Played instruments wear out, get damaged, and suffer dirt and corrosion. Being conserved unplayed, silent, they loose their voices, are reduced to a mere identity as an object. Wind instruments pose the biggest challenges as moist air causes interior damage to the wood or brass. In addition, the central questions of historical mouthpieces, reeds and playing techniques need to be answered.

The «Klingendes Museum» allows some of its instruments to be played under a predefined conservational regime. Please send specific requests to the director. Some instruments can only be played in the museum, others may be lent out for projects of historical performance practice.

Videos with our instruments

Anne Pustlauk, Brussels, leading specialist on 19th century flutes, performs French solo pieces on original flutes of the period from our collection.

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Demian Kammer inszenierte unser Saxophon Sax fils, ca. 1900.

Top 10 instruments available for playing (in the museum only)

Flute Grenser, Dresden ca. 1780
Oboe Golde, Dresden ca. 1850
English Horn Koch, Wien ca. 1825
Clarinet Clementi, London ca. 1825
Bassoon Savary le jeune, Paris 1825
Saxophone Adolphe Sax Fils, Paris ca. 1900
Valve Horn, System Prager
Natural und valved trumpet Antoine Courtois, Paris ca. 1855
Alto Trombone Paulus, Berlin late 19th c.
Ophicleide Kretzschmann, Strasbourg mid 19th c.

Top 10 of the lendable instruments

Flute Theobald Böhm-Mendler, München ca. 1880
Oboe Heckel, Biebrich late 19th c.
Clarinet Gautrot, Paris, 13clefs mid19th c.
Tarogato Stowasser, Budapest 20th c.
Horn 2 valves, Guichard or Gautrot, mid 19th c.
Horn Egger, copy after Millereau ("Cor Chaussier")
Cornet Adolphe Sax, Paris 1876, with original mouthpiece
Valve trumpet Egger, copy after Antoine Courtois (ca. 1855)
Slide trumpet Egger, copy after Antoine Courtois (ca. 1845)
Bass saxhorn in Bb, 4 valves, Besson, Paris ca. 1880