The Gaustrasse’s gradually becoming a cluster of Good Places – interesting galleries, good restaurants and still a few hardcore Mainz bars.
If you keep your eyes peeled, you pick up a few gems, too.
The house on the corner of Am Schottenhof and the Gaustrasse was endowed in 1857 to a foundation “For the advancement and cultivation of music” by Franz Philip Schott and his wife Betty, nee von Braunrasch (all of which is embossed as a continuation of the text in the picture)
Franz Philip Schott was an heir to the founder of Schott Music, a leading (one of the largest in Europe and the second oldest worldwide) publisher of classical and contemporary music and still in family hands.
Schott almost got the rights to Wagner’s “Meistersänger”, too
Wagner granted Schott exclusive rights to a “new work” against an advance which he proceeded to spend without delivering the goods.
Turned up later for a top up (surprise, surprise, but politely declined) which doesn’t appear to have harmed the close relationship between the 2 men, because Schott later bought the rights for “Parsifal” (Wagner’s last work) for 100,000 Reichsmark, the highest sum ever paid for publishing rights.
There you go, then