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CIVICO MUSEO BIBLIOGRAFICO MUSICALE - BOLOGNA

The CMBM is actually best known for its library holdings, one of the richest in the word for the music of the 15., 16. and 17, centuries. The collection is based mostly on the manuscript, prints, letters and paintings that Padre Giambattista Martini (1706-1784) collected in order to write his own History of music.
The collection was donated to the local Liceo musicale at the beginning of the 19. century. It was organized as an historical and didactical library by Gaetano Gaspari (1807-1881). The library owns, among others rare documents, the famous ms. Q15 (15. sec.), the only extant copy of the first print by Ottaviano Petrucci, autographs of famous composers, such as that of the Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini who was student and director of the Liceo Musicale.
The paintings collection (portraits of musicians, composers and theoricians) includes works by T. Gainsborough (portrait of J.Ch. Bach), J. Raynolds (portrait of Ch. Burney), C. Giaquinto (portrait of Farinelli) and A. Crescimbeni (portraits of G.B. Martini and others).
The CMBM functions at the time just as a library. The visitor can anyway admire the largest part of paintings collection hanging in the reading room and in the concert hall of the Conservatorio di musica G.B. Martini, housed in the same building.

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