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Musica Ricercata

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The association and the ensemble MUSICA RICERCATA create and carry out complex cultural projects, some of which have been selected and co-funded by the European Commission within specific cultural programmes.

Concert cycles and recordings introduce the fundamental aspects of music history (the ancient concept of harmony, the evolution of polyphony, birth and growth of the mass, opera and symphony, the transition from Church modes to harmonic tonality, the invention of the piano and its influence on Hausmusik etc.).

"Historically oriented musical practice is like a museum's safeguarding of our cultural heritage" (Wolfram Steude, Annäherung durch Distanz, 2001). MUSICA RICERCATA agrees, and in collaboration with institutions like museums, universities, libraries and music colleges organizes concerts, lessons, seminars and conferences on musicological themes, e. g.'The influence of ancient Greek culture on the birth of the Opera' (Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien, May 4th, 1998),'Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger and Florentine music at the beginning of the 17th Century'(Casa Buonarroti Museum, Florence, July 7th and 8th, 1998),'The history of bowed string instruments' (Conservatory 'Luigi Cherubini' of Florence, November, 8th and 9th, 2001), 'Music and the crisis of sound' (Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, September 21st, 2002), 'Medici Women Patrons in Early Seventeenth-Century Florence' (Casa Buonarroti Museum, Florence, July 1st, 2005) and 'Mozart and the Quartetto Toscano' (Mozart-Year 2006). MUSICA RICERCATA also publishes the results of such conferences.

MUSICA RICERCATA furthermore collaborates with the Italian Cultural Institutes in many countries and every year organizes two concert tours.