Franz Schubert Stele, Clara Zetkin Park
In honour of Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) never spent any time in Leipzig himself, but had high hopes for the city as a publishing location. Shortly before his death, one of his compositions was published by Breitkopf & Härtel (Notenspur Station 8: Graphisches Viertel - music publishing houses). Schubert's music was first played at the Old Gewandhaus (Notenspur Station 21) more than ten years later. His Symphony No. 9 in C major was premièred in 1839 under the direction of Mendelssohn.
In 1928, the Leipzig Men's Choir initiated the construction of a monument to Schubert on the 100th anniversary of his death. One year later, in 1929, the Schubert Stele was inaugurated at what is now Anton-Bruckner-Allee, in which was then King Albert Park (today Clara Zetkin Park). Leipzig sculptor Margarete Tschaplowitz-Seifert designed the 3.8 m high monument. The tall, slender stele consists of three granite blocks placed one above the other, the cross-section of which forms an isosceles triangle.
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