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International Museum of Accordions
Located in the basement of the town hall, in evocative seventeenth-century rooms, recently expanded, the museum is dedicated to the musical instrument that keeps the city of Castelfidardo, for over a century, its major production center.
The museum not only wants to document the history of a musical instrument, but also intends to pay a tribute to the workers and the many artisans and industrial entrepreneurs who have transformed this area of the Marche region culturally creating an unimaginable wealth for an economy that for centuries has remained linked to agriculture. The realization of the museum is an efficient teaching tool because from the simple observation of the instruments and photographic panels, it is possible to follow the evolutionary phases of the accordion, the classification, the characters that have rotated and revolved around it and understand a fascinating artisan world steeped in sweat, pride and inventiveness.
The collection is made up of about 350 pieces, all different from each other, including the precious Giuseppe Panini collection (the unforgettable "king" of the figurines, convinced of the instrument), many of which "unique pieces" coming from twenty-two different countries, is flanked from a typical artisan workshop of the beginning of the last century. On the walls, in addition to a very interesting photographic documentation from 1890 to 1970, works by artists such as Marc Chagall, Tonino Guerra, Silvia Bugari, Rodolfo Gasparri and faithful pictorial reproductions by Giovanni Boldini, Fernand Leger and Gino Severini have been placed. Also located in the various rooms, sculptures by Stefano Pigini, Franco Campanari, Edgardo Mugnoz.
Among the curiosities to mention: a very nice letter by Federico Fellini, the first disc recorded with the accordion by Pietro Deiro, the original score of "Adios Nonino" by Astor Piazzolla.
The museum is, among the smaller ones, one of the most visited in the Marche (annual average about 12,000 visitors).
Accordion Museum Opening hours to the public
(effective from 01/03/2018)
Tuesday: 10.30 - 12.30 16.00 - 19.00
Wednesday: 10.30 - 12.30 16.00 - 19.00
Thursday: 10.30 - 12.30 16.00 - 19.00
Friday: 10.30 - 12.30 16.00 - 19.00
Saturday: 10.30 - 12.30 16.00 - 19.00
Sunday: 10.30 - 12.30 16.00 - 19.00
For groups by reservation, also open outside the established times
Single ticket price:
€. 5.00 - Visitors
€. 3.00 - Groups (more than 20 people)
€. 2.00 - School groups and companions
Free entry for: Italian Touring Club Members, Italia Nostra Members, Boys under the age of 6, residing in Castelfidardo and disabled.
The International Civic Museum of the Accordion has no architectural barriers and is accessible to people with disabilities.
Civic International Museum of the Accordion
via C. Mordini 1 - Castelfidardo AN
Telephone: +39 0717808288
Fax: +39 071/7829357
Artisan workshop/The accordion
Three are the most popular models of accordion: the diatonic, whose sound is different depending on whether the movement of the bellows is going (opening) or returning (closing); the chromatic, which allows you to use the full range of twelve sounds (the keyboard for the right hand of this model is with buttons); the piano accordion in which the keyboard for the right hand is similar to that of a piano with black and white keys.
An instrument so dear to generations of Italians, it is a masterpiece of fine mechanics. The mechanical device for the operation of the bass and chord valves makes the well-known device of the typewriter keyboard blush.
Furthermore, it is an excellent work of fluid dynamics (think of the tightness of the bellows and of the valves that open and close the air access to the voices) and consists of several hundred pieces made of the most different materials.
Among these we mention the fir, the maple, the mahogany and the walnut among the timbers; steel, duralumin and brass between metals; the precious cashmere, felt and canvas, as well as lamb, goatskin and leather, celluloid, rubber and virgin wax.
The popularity of the accordion also interested great musicians who wrote and wrote interesting scores for it.
Petr Ilic Ciaikovski in 1883 introduces a part for accordeon in the Suite n. 2 in C Major. In 1898, Umberto Giordano played the accordion in the third act of the Fedora. Alban Berg, in the first act of Wozzek (1921) does the same.
via C. Mordini 1 - Castelfidardo (AN)
tel. +39 0717808288
fax +39 0717829357
The Civic School of Music Paolo Soprani
The Civic School of Music Paolo Soprani was born thanks to the collaboration of the town of Castelfidardo and Rossini Piano with the artistic direction of Emiliano Giaccaglia, has a range of activities suitable for all ages: classes for babies from 0-36 months, music for play for children aged 4 to 6 years and the greatest courses in piano, accordion, organ, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, classical and electric guitar, electric bass, drums, singing, modern singing, jazz singing. A distinctive feature of the Paolo Soprani is offering the chance to perform live with a band of stable school. Other valuable elements of the academy are The Academy of lyrical perfection Mario Binci, the Unison Piano Academy and Ensemble Accordeons Sopranos.
The School of Music has an agreement with the Academy of Pergolesi Without that, thanks to the results achieved each year by the number of pupils who claim ministerial examinations brilliantly, certifies and agrees with it an educational pre-academic allowing also important exchanges between the two institutions.
60022 Castelfidardo (AN)
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