Monday, February 1, 2010

#31 - Fender Strats and Mozart

Vedere Il Compito Sbagliato di Mozart

Did you know Mozart made mistakes? Neither did Giancarlo.

#31 on the list of things to do is to visit The International Museum and Library of Music of Bologna, and in addition to seeing all the frescoes and musical artifacts from all over Renaissance Europe, you can see Mozart's failed test.

The story goes that Mozart came to Bologna at the age of 14 to study music with the Philharmonic Academy of Bologna. The entrance exam consisted of transcribing a Gregorian chant to sheet music, exactly as it was heard. Well, Mozart screwed up. Big-time. The monk he was staying with during his studies in Bologna broke protocol and submitted his own original sheet music for the above mentioned chant - thus getting Mozart accepted into the academy. As they say, the rest is literally history...

For the past couple of months, the International Museum and Library of Music has played host to the Love Me Fender exhibit, displaying art inspired by classic Fender guitars. Giancarlo braved the snow here in Bologna this past weekend to check it out before the exhibition ended this week. Among artwork inspired by Fender, there were also original guitars used by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and tons of other legends on display... right alongside Mozart's failed test and plagiarized homework. Now that's Rock 'n Roll.

Jimi Hendrix's guitar from the Monterey Pop Festival

Rock 'n Roll Panda!

Fender made a special Stratocaster
for the inauguration of this museum in 1994.

Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca di Musica di Bologna
Strada Maggiore 34
Tues - Fri: 9:30 - 16:00
Sat - Sun: 10:00 - 18:30

Entrance to the museum is free.


michelle | bleeding espresso said...

I've seen that museum in various guides, etc., and I've always wanted to go...who knew there was such a rockin' panda in there?!

Anonymous said...

Awesome post!! Thanks for sharing! Valorie

Em and GC said...

@Michelle- it's definitely worth visting when you visit Bologna!


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