The history of the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory is told through the instrumental assets present inside. This is how precious relics and authentic rarities come back to life and bring to mind the ancient splendors of Palazzo Pisani, steeped in Masonic paths.
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On November 19, 2016, the New Music Museum of Venice was officially inaugurated at Palazzo Pisani, home of the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory. The New Museum of Music, which differs from the one housed in the Church of San Maurizio, was born from a set of strong and meaningful cultural, musical, pedagogical, didactic, conservative and proactive-popular needs.
The musical assets belonging to Benedetto Marcello have been divided by theme developed from the macro exhibition level of the rooms to the micro exhibition level of the individual cases. The exhibits have been grouped into: chordophones, aerophones and finally memorabilia, paintings, period photographs and autographed scores that testify to the history of the Conservatory and the presence of great world-famous personalities who have characterized his life.
Among all the pieces on display, about seventy instruments and various relics of the Venetian musical glories, there are some timeless gems: five well-made double basses made in various periods between the end of the 17th and the early years of the 19th century, a Venetian fortepiano (and as such quite rare, where Viennese, English and French ones are common), a precious polygonal spinet of the sixteenth century, autographs of various provenance (Vivaldi, Liszt, Verdi, among others), the original in wax of the bust of Giuseppe Verdi made by Gemito and, last but not least, the baton with which Wagner conducted the orchestra of the conservatory (then Liceo musica).
The project, carried out by Enrico Bertolotti, involved the cleaning, restoration, study and enhancement of some of the most important and valuable rooms of Palazzo Pisani, which housed the wedding apartment of Alvise Pisani, as well as the heritage of the instruments and the musical assets deposited therein. The cleaning of the rooms allowed for the first time a serious study of the wall decorations, stuccoes and low reliefs of considerable artistic importance. This decorative apparatus has been analyzed with particular attention to the evident Venetian Masonic symbols to create a second and alternative iconographic path.
The main objective of the exhibition was to formally create 2 thematic levels - the rooms of the Masonic apartment of Alvise Pisani and the music collection of the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory - and to make these rooms communicating with each other.