Walter Legge (1906-1979) was the first and most important record producer in classical music. With the help of original documents from his large archive, the museum sheds light on his correspondence and collaboration with influential figures of the international music life such as Maria Callas, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Jean Sibelius, Wieland Wagner, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra London, which was founded by Legge in 1945. A brillant author of letters, reviews and essays, excerpts of which have been chosen as comments to the items on display, Walter Legge »himself« guides the visitors through the exhibition.
Stefan Zweig Room
Stefan Zweig's grandfather (on the mother's side) was the joint owner and resident of the bulding now housing the Legge Museum, which is why one of its rooms is fully dedicated to the world-famous author and the music life of his time. Stefan Zweig collected music manuscripts (he also owned a few by Schubert), received important impressions from Mahler's engagement at the Vienna Hofoper and was friends with Ferruccio Busoni, Alban Berg, Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter. for Richard Strauss, he wrote the libretto for the opera Die schweigsame Frau.