Acustica e cultura architettonica. Sperimentazioni innovative nei luoghi di culto della Roma barocca
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
Acoustics and architectural culture. Innovative experiments in places of worship in Baroque Rome
The catholic confessional propaganda addressed to the people in Rome was made explicit by the profane and sacred ceremonials, by stimulating all kinds of sensory perceptions, specially music, drawing inspiration and tools from the scientific progress in the studies of sound and light (acoustic and optics). The paper intends to highlight the interrelationship between architectonic acoustic and sacred spaces in the roman baroque churches, and in other ecclesiastical and devotional places of worship. The architectural design researches of Pietro da Cortona, Borromini and Bernini had the aim of poetically harmonize every aspect of artistic creativity. In particular they gave special attention to the needs of the audience, building moreover beautiful organ balconies and “coretti” or hidden choir galleries, where musicians and singers fulfilled the acoustic side of the main liturgical ceremonies in the Oratories, Chapels and Churches, with unprecedented commitment and spectacular sumptuousness, much appreciated by the public.