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The Conservatorio “Luigi Cherubini” Collection

Florence Galleria dell’Accademia

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Ever since 1996 when the Conservatorio “Luigi Cherubini” first loaned some of the extraordinary instruments that are part of its collection to the Galleria dell’Accademia to create a section of the museum dedicated to the history of music, there have been numerous and always better opportunities for cooperation between the Conservatory and the Polo Museale Fiorentino.
However, that first loan was a not mere, albeit positive, agreement arising from the fact that both institutions have long been part of the same complex. Rather it marked the mutual opening of two worlds, which – with their different and established approaches to research and study (due to the specific nature of the artworks they house) – share the desire to face new challenges together in both the conservation and the enhancement of the heritage. One of the finest examples of this intelligent cooperation was the memorable exhibition of Italian Baroque musical instruments, Marvels of Sound and Beauty, that the Galleria dell’Accademia hosted in 2007. Shortly thereafter, the book on the bowed stringed instruments in the Conservatory’s collection was published in 2009. The in-depth studies and scientific cataloguing of those instruments aimed at furthering knowledge and guaranteeing their proper conservation.
The publication of this second volume on plucked stringed and keyboard instruments, edited by Giovanni Paolo Di Stefano and Gabriele Rossi Rognoni with their customary competence and skill, should be greeted as yet another step in the department’s growth and proof of its extraordinary vitality.
We owe special thanks to the Associazione “Amici del museo degli strumenti musicali di Firenze” and in particular to Ettore D’Elia and Arianna Soldani for their support and enthusiasm for this project, as well as to the entire department to which we can only wish a fruitful future so that it can continue to stimulate and educate us about the many “marvels of sound” we still conserve.

Alessandra Marino
Soprintendente ad interim per il Patrimonio Storico Artistico
ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze


Giovanni Paolo Di Stefano studied musicology at the universities of Palermo and “La Sapienza” in Rome where he earned his Ph.D. with a thesis on the history of the pianoforte. He is currently curator of musical instruments at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and teaches organology at the universities of Palermo and Florence in Italy.

Gabriele Rossi Rognoni is the curator of musical instruments, portraits and sculptures at the museum of the Royal College of Music in London. For fifteen years, he was curator of the collection of the Conservatorio “Luigi Cherubini”, at the Dipartimento di Strumenti Musicali of the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence and he edited the catalogue Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows which was published by Sillabe.

Data sheet

Edited by:
G.P. Di Stefano, G. Rossi Rognoni
Edition (cm):
21 x29,7
immagini a colori
filo refe
Front cover:
a colori con bandelle
Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze
Managing director
Angelo Tartuferi