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Zöllner Monument

Zöllner's best-known score is "Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust" (Hiking is the Miller's Delight)

View of the Zoellner Monument in Gohlis, which is a station of the Notenrad in the music city Leipzig, cultural institution
© W. Schneider

Born in 1800, Carl Friedrich Zöllner attended the St. Thomas School in Leipzig from 1814 to train his musical talent here. In 1822, he founded a private music institute, which was mainly dedicated to choral singing. Eleven years later, he founded the first male choral society. This resulted in numerous other male choirs being founded.

On the occasion of Schiller's 100th birthday, he conducted twenty choral societies in a festive concert. After Zöllner's death, these choral societies merged to form the "Zöllnerbund", which existed until 1945. In addition to numerous compositions and choir collections, his score, for example, of the song "Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust" for men's choirs became one of the best-known German-language hiking and folk songs.

Zöllner died in Leipzig in 1860 and is still regarded today as a formative personality of Central German male choral music of the 19th century. In honour of this German musician, the Zöllner memorial was erected in 1868 in Leipzig's Rosenthal.


location Zöllner Monument
Im Süden des Rosenthals