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Publicly-Funded Orchestras

With 133 publicly funded symphony orchestras, Germany has an extraordinarily rich landscape of professional ensembles compared to other countries. This landscape is depicted in the present map, which sheds light not only on the various types of orchestras but on their size and membership. Also depicted are mergers and disbandments since 1990.

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Publicly-Funded Music Theatres

Germany can boast of 83 music theatres that set standards for an ambitious programming policy ranging from early to contemporary music. The German Theatre and Orchestra Association registers an average of 13,000 performances of operas, operettas, musicals and ballets every year, attended by almost eight million spectators. This map shows these theatres according to the seating capacity of their principle venues.

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Public Music Schools in the VdM

Among Germany's institutions of music education outside the general school system, pride of place goes to its public music schools. The Association of German Music Schools currently lists some 900 members with a total of more than 950,000 students. The schools are spread throughout the country, providing nationwide coverage even in rural areas. This map shows the sites of the schools as well as their number of students and their percentage of the overall population by federal state.

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Training Facilities for Musical Professions I

Germany's educational landscape for professional training in music has traditionally been very broad. This map focuses on sites that emphasise musical performance, composition and conducting, i.e. tertiary-level music schools, conservatories, music academies and higher-level institutes of church music. It provides information on their location and their number of students, reflecting the full range from small specialist facilities to large institutions spread over several sites.

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Training Facilities for Musical Professions II

In addition to those institutions that focus on performance, composition and conducting, Germany's universities, teacher training colleges and polytechnics also occupy a central position in its educational landscape, especially in the training of musicologists and music teachers for its public school system. This map shows where these studies take place, distinguishing between musicology, general music education, music teacher training and music therapy.

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Public Music Libraries

Public music libraries offer a broad assortment of printed sheet music, music books, sound recordings and AV media from every area of music for use on location or on loan at home. Not only do they ensure basic coverage for the entire population, many of them also have their own concert series and events. At present Germany has more than 80 music libraries, whether separate music departments in city libraries or those with extensive holdings of music books, printed sheet music, sound recordings or AV media.

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Composer Museums

Many museums and memorial sites in Germany are devoted to the life and works of great composers. Usually they are places where the composer lived or was born, and most display original furniture, autograph scores, letters and other original documents. This map shows the sites covered by the Association of German Music Museums as well as other public or private memorial sites with exhibitions on figures from the world of music.

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Musical Intrument Makers

Germany's musical instrument industry is rooted in a long tradition, and for generations its high manufacturing standards have made it a byword in quality and precision. Many companies enjoy worldwide reputations among amateurs and professionals alike, for example in the manufacture of pianos and harpsichords, string instruments and bows, and brass instruments and percussion. This map shows the locations of these companies and Germany's historic centres of musical instrument making.

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Training Facilities for Church Music

Training in church music is among the most diverse of all, and the great range of subject matter requires not only artistic and scholarly abilities but increasingly a gift for teaching. The training programmes are divided into those for full-time professional church musicians and those for the many semi-professional and voluntary tasks involved in church music. This map depicts training institutions together with the degrees they offer.

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State-level ARD Broadcasting Corporations

In Germany, culture and broadcasting have traditionally gone hand in hand. From the very outset broadcasting was viewed as both a conveyor and a sponsor of culture. Germany's public broadcasting corporations in particular not only present broad and varied programmes ranging from classical to popular music, they also promote contemporary art music, organise music competitions and maintain their own ensembles. This map shows the orchestras, choruses and big bands of Germany's broadcasting corporations as well as their broadcasting regions.

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