Leipzig

Leipzig. Hjältarnas och den vackra musikens stad

Man förstår att Leipzigborna är extra musikaliska eftersom det var i den här staden man höll i taktpinnen under den fredliga revolutionen 1989. Efter murens fall fick Leipzig titeln ”Hjältestad” – men det skulle lika gärna kunna gälla alla stora musiker, kapellmästare och kompositörer som är lika närvarande och populära här som någonsin förr.

Det måste vara något speciellt med Leipzig som gör att tiden verkar gå efter noter här. Och det har blivit något av en tradition. Ända sedan 1254, när Thomaskören, en av världens äldsta gosskörer nämns i skrift för första gången, har musiken funnits både inom människorna och de högtidliga gamla murarna. I Gewandhaus till exempel, hemvist för Gewandhaus-orkestern som grundades 1743. Den leddes länge av Kurt Masur, som var symbolen för den fredliga revolutionen. Orgeln i huset är imponerade och har en oförglömlig klang med sina 6 638 pipor. Eller i operan, en av Europas äldsta musikteatrar, berömd för sin repertoar av stora verk, från barocken till de nya och moderna. Tidlöst moderna kan man också kalla Johann Sebastian Bach, den mest berömda kantor som verkat i Thomaskyrkan, liksom Leipzigsonen Richard Wagner och Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, som 1843 grundade det första tyska konservatoriet här, eller Robert Schumann och Clara Wieck, paret som förtrollade staden med sin musik och kärlek. En het kärlek kan man också säga att Leipzigborna hyser till ett av Europas äldsta kaffehus: Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum har sedan 1711 varit en mötesplats för intellektuella och andra storheter. Bach, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg, Wagner med flera tog sig gärna en kopp kaffe här. Och det gjorde även personligheter som Goethe och Lessing liksom Napoleon och August den starke. Ett säkert tecken på att Leipzig har lockat och fortfarande lockar många olika människor, inte bara musiker och kompositörer.

Har man tagit sig hit bör man absolut ta en titt på tredje våningen i Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum, för där finns ett vackert kaffemuseum som visar mer än 500 objekt från Sachsens 300-åriga kaffe- och kulturhistoria i sina 15 rum. Vill man däremot veta mer om Leipzigs stora musikaliska tradition bör man besöka museet för musikinstrument. Där visas världens mest betydelsefulla samlingar av sin typ, samtidigt som besökaren får lärorika inblickar i stadens musikhistoria.

Marschrytmerna och körerna som ackompanjerade slutet på DDR-eran 1989 däremot, betraktades nog inte som ljuv musik av stadens ledare. Under gudstjänster och manifestationer i och runt Nicolaikyrkan i stadens centrum utvecklades en rörelse som på bara några månader sopade undan fötterna på regimen. Att en av de mest ökända centralavdelningarna för det förhatliga ministeriet för statssäkerhet fanns i huset med ”det runda hörnet” i Leipzig var säkert en av orsakerna. Nu finns där en sevärd utställning som visar hur Stasi-spionerna arbetade – inget vackert kapitel, men inte desto mindre en viktig del av Tysklands senare historia. Lite längre tillbaka i historien, några hundra miljoner år på ett ungefär, kommer man på Leipzigs zoo. Här kan man uppleva en tropisk resa till Gondwanaland, tillbaka till en tid när superkontinenten Gondwana täckte en stor del av södra halvklotet. Och när man återvänt till nutiden igen kan det passa bra att ta en shoppingtur eller en liten barrunda. Runt torget, i de små pittoreska gränderna i gamla stan kan man fynda i såväl välsorterade antikvariat och bokhandlar som små chica boutiquer och trendiga innebutiker. Bli inte förvånad om du får höra en och annan liten melodi samtidigt – du är ju i Leipzig.

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