Former Peters Music Library

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The former Peters Music Library contains 24,000 media pieces (including manuscripts) making it an outstanding, internationally renowned collection.

The Peters Music Library was founded by Max Abraham, owner of the music publisher C.F. Peters. At the beginning of 1894, the world's first public specialist library was opened in Königstraße 26 (now Goldschmidtstraße). The fact that women were also allowed to use the library was also a world first.

After Abraham's death, the library, according to his will, was entrusted to the City of Leipzig as a foundation. After the Reichspogromnacht (Reich's Pogrom Night/Night of Broken Glass) in 1938 his nephew and successor, the Jew Henri Hinrichsen was banned from working. The forced sale and the "Aryanisation" of the publishing house followed. Hinrichsen was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. After the end of the Second World War, the publishing house and the Peters Library were returned to Hinrichsen's son Walter, now an American citizen. Since 1954, the collection has been kept in the Städtische Musikbibliothek with the city's own music collection.

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Former Peters Music Library
Goldschmidtstraße 26
04103 Leipzig

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Phone: +49 0341 / 123534 - 1

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