Nr. on the small map: 19 (Miltenberg)

Inside the privately owned Red Sandstone house, constructed in 1750 by builder Johann Martin Schmidt (see Bürgstadt # 3), his grandson, the composer and later royal Swedish court music director Joseph Martin Kraus was born who is nicknamed „Odenwälder Mozart“. Kraus grew up in Amorbach, Osterburken and Buchen, appreciating his extensive education from the beginning. Despite his love for music he first studied law, and in 1778 went to Stockholm. At that time, Kraus already suffered from impaired health. Until he was appointed court music director by Gustav III, having performed his opera „Proserpin“, Kraus had lived through some bitterly poor years. He died at the peak of his career in 1792, and was laid to rest on the peninsula Tivoli in northern Sweden. Engraved in his tombstone you find: “Here you only find Kraus’ worldly remains – his divine talent can be found inside his music.” His numerous works include operas, stage and ballet music, arias, ballads, cantatas, symphonies, and chamber music pieces. The statue in front of the house was donated in 2006 by the Tourist Board Miltenberg as a monument for Kraus’ 250th birthday.

You can purchase a CD with a small selection of Kraus’ music at the Museum Stadt Miltenberg or at the Tourist Information at the Engelplatz.