Inside Beethoven – Das begehbare Ensemble


Find out what it sounds like to be part of an orchestra. The walk-in sound exhibition “Inside Beethoven!” combines the latest musicological research with modern sound engineering to create a spectacular experience of being right inside the music – a perspective which is normally a closed book for the public and reserved for the musicians themselves.

You are invited to walk between the digital music stands and put yourself in the musicians’ shoes – an unusual, enriching experience for amateurs and professionals alike. This will shed light on the music itself, its polyphonic structure, the part played by each individual instrument, its contribution to the overall sound and its significance in the music as a whole.

Photo: Simon Waloschek

Visitors will hear Ludwig van Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major op. 20, both the version for winds and strings and Beethoven’s own trio arrangement for piano, clarinet and cello. Each individual part and the changes made for the trio arrangement can be followed at digital music stands as the music plays.

“Inside Beethoven!” is an innovative joint project which was realized at Detmold University of Music in commemoration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The exhibition will be touring Germany and Austria during 2020 and 2021.

The installation can be experienced at Haus der Musik until September 2021.

Information for your visit

We have developed a protection and hygiene concept to make your visit to the exhibition as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. Please take note of the following when you visit:

  • Visitors may only enter the installation one at a time
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and other people
  • Pay attention to the general rules of hygiene (appropriate behaviour when coughing and sneezing)
  • Do not come to the exhibition if you feel ill.


Barrier-free access to the exhibition is available.

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