On Saturday 14th February 2015, “Sereno Variabile”, a TV program by the Italian RAI, broadcast a report about Bologna which also dealt with the Tagliavini Collection, the ancient musical instruments on display in the San Colombano Oratory, as part of the cultural itinerary of Genus Bononiae – Museums in the City.
This Collection of Musical Instruments, unique in the world, is hosted in the prestigious framework of San Colombano: a church complex formed by different buildings, aggregated in the course of time as starting from the 7th century. Among the 80 pieces on display, all of them very well preserved and fully operational, one section stands out from the others, i.e. the one dedicated to harpsichords, including the one that had belonged to Giovanni Battista Giusti. The Tagliavini Collection can be also partially viewed online, being part of the IBC Emilia-Romagna project called “Un Sistema Armonico”, an harmonic system. Beside admiring several images of the pieces exhibited, it is also possible to be guided by Maestro Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini in a detailed description of their story.
Picture of the Albana harpsichord from ER-IBC Multimedia.
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