Parma, a Musical Route
Museo Glauco Lombardi
Music is deeply rooted in every real Parmesan. Downtown there are several places where this sublime art is still today practised and taught, and I’d like you to come with me and see them. Depending on how much time you have, and on the date and time of your visit, we will plan together your tailor made itinerary.
For instance we could start from the museum of music that in my opinion is the most revealing one here in Parma: Arturo Toscanini’s Birth House. The Maestro was born here on March 25th 1867, and after he died his family wanted a warm and poignant museum to be settled here.
After this we can visit the amazing Teatro Farnese, and the Teatro Regio, one of the most famous historical Opera Houses in Italy. Worldwide famous musicians of the past as Paganini, Verdi and Toscanini, but in recent times also Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti and many others worked here. As for the singers, I just mention some of them, as Maria Callas, Monserrat Caballé, Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Tebaldi, Placido Domingo, Renato Bruson and Leo Nucci. It’s simply a must, for the ones of you that really love opera
Not too far from the Teatro Regio there is our Conservatory, (booking compulsory) where we can see Toscanini’s and Boito’s studios. Toscanini’s studio was in Milano, and it was donated to the school where the Maestro studied. Boito’s studio, instead, was here, and it still preserves some objects that were very precious for the poet and composer. The Conservatory is dedicated to Boito.
Another bizarre museum is for me the Casa del Suono, The House of Sound where we will be able to see a large variety of tools for reproducing sounds, from Edison’s phonograph to the I-pod, as well as several other odd objects, collector’s records, acoustic rooms and lamps. The aim of this small museum is driving us to meditate on how the way of listening and acknowledging music has changed. I think that such a museum can exist only in Parma!
If you still have time, we can visit the Casa della Musica, the House of Music too, or the Museo Glauco Lombardi, where you will see a lot of beautiful objects that belonged to Maria Luigia, the Duchess that was a very important patron for artists and musicians.
Finally we must not forget that Niccolò Paganini is buried in Parma. His tomb is located in our monumental cemetery because the great violinist has lived for a long time in a beautiful villa just out of town.