Not many know, but Florence is the place where modern music was born. Florence music is so important because the very first Opera ever was written and represented in Florence Italy. The Camerata Fiorentina, also known as the Camerata de Bardi, was a group of noble families who, in the 16th century, met at the Palazzo Bardi to discuss with intellectuals and musicians, in order to re-discover the ancient Greek shows: tragedies and comedies. What came out of those meetings was Opera, a mix of playing, acting and singing. Music is not like a painting or a sculpture that can be placed into a Museum, but anyway, we have a very nice section of the Accademia Gallery dedicated to Florence Music. I know people goes there drooling over Michelangelo’s David often even ignoring the beautiful Michelangelo Slaves, but believe me, a 15 minutes visit to this section won’t leave you disappointed.
- Italian Opera Concert in Santa Monaca Church
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- Florence Concert and Dinner
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The Grand Prince Ferdinando
The collection, actually property of the Florentine Conservatory, is referred to the Medici family; to a man in particular who loved music: Grand Prince Ferdinando. Legitimate designated successor of Cosimo III Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinando actually never became Grand Duke, as he died at 50 with his father still reigning. During his life he was a fine collector of works of art, but also promoted Florence music with his own small orchestra, the Medici Quintet. The painting in the picture shows the Grand Prince with his musicians.
Musical Instruments at the Accademia Gallery
This collection of musical instruments contains a piece that is probably one of the most precious in the world: the Medici Viola, made by Stradivari in Cremona. Not only this viola has the Medici coat of arms inlaid, but it is one of the few Stradivari instruments that were never adapted after the technological innovations of the 18th century. This makes the Medici Viola an extremely rare and precious object if you consider that a Stradivari musical instrument that was adapted can easily reach a couple of million
dollars in any auction.
Another attraction in the collection are the very first examples of piano. Piano was invented in Florence by Bartolomeo Cristofori, who lived at the court of the Medici Grand Dukes since 1688. Some of the first pianos are curious, in particular the vertical piano, made to save space. Plenty of strange musical instruments that do not exist anymore today complete the collection, like a guitar for women, which has a keyboard in order not to hurt your fingers, or the “marine trumpet”, a long and thin instrument with just one chord. You won’t regret visiting this part of the Accademia and discovering something about Florence music. Now, Michelangelo’s David waits for you!