L'architettura incontra Stradivari: il restauro tra memoria, estetica e funzione
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 73-74, 2021
Architecture or Stradivari: the restoration between memory, aesthetics and function
The purpose of this essay is to recall some passages from the lively interdisciplinary debate in which musicologists, organologists, architects, art historians, restorers and jurists questioned about the possible extension of the unit of the restoration methodology to the complex theme of the conservation of the musical instruments. The comparison between architecture and lutherie, two forms of art united by the ‘function of use’, has, for example, accompanied the theoretical reflections towards a renewed verification of the Brandian principles applied to the specific conservative instances of the luthier’s heritage. The summary of these reflections is the “Carta di Cremona” drawn up in 1987, based on two fundamental principles: the handed down musical instruments have the same function and importance of the historical documents and, as such, they must be fully preserved for future generations; the musical instruments have a sound function that must be maintained and, where possible, restored.