Munich 11

Munich Episode 11 Music and Literature

Wagner and Strauss, Heine and Mann and their connections to the city.

First, hear what Wagner, Mahler and Richard Strauss did in Munich and where you can still find traces of them today, followed by a rundown of the city’s current music scene, from Bavarian folk music to classical. Learn about the ‘Golden Age’ in Munich, from the late 19th to the early 20th century, with its café culture and iconic characters. Literary Munich is covered via the authors Heinrich Heine, whose statue stands in the ‘Poet’s Garden’ near Odeonsplatz, and Thomas Mann who settled in Munich after studying at the university and wrote all his most famous works there. Heine’s remark, uttered in 1823, that ‘Where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn human beings’ is one of the most quoted sentences in German culture today.