Italy’s Museum of Musical Instruments, in Reggio Calabria has been completely destroyed. It housed some 800 precious items. Arson is suspected. An empty jerry can was found near the scene.
UPDATE: More pictures here.
This is an outrage along with La Fenice and the opera house in Bari. What a loss! Ann
is there a catalogue of what was lost?
What good is a catalogue for this grievous loss?
Oh, no, how awful. 🙁
Putting this cultural treasure in a city riddled with organized crime syndicates and prone to earthquakes: what could possibly go wrong?
I hope there will be a list published of some of the treasures lost.
I didn’t know that type of canister is called a “jerry can” in English. That is so funny! The jerry can thing, I mean, not the fire.
The article says the fire also destroyed a library with old books and sheet music, and that the arson may be connected to local organized crime, but it doesn’t say how.
Jerry can, a hangover from the American usage in WWII, is a term accepted into modern English
Hey Jim Mendenhall! Greetings from Peter and Ann Allen!
Southern Italy has a rich tradition of destroying cultural heritages and businesses when the requisite amount of “protection” money isn’t paid. Mafia Barbarians.
Tragic. All of our so-called progress hasn’t done much to enlighten the human spirit as a whole. I am also sad for the general situation in Italy with the Mafia and the Vatican running the country like their personal fiefdom.
All so very sad as many consider Italy as the cradle of Western Classical music [and other arts too].
I think this is the museum’s website
You can put it through Google Translate to get a sense of what they report about the fire.
The Jerry can was a German design , which could not be improved on .
Really sad man! It was totally devastating to me because there are lots of precious instruments were there but now I think none of them existent there. So it’s really big damage and hope that everybody will come out to recover this musical instruments museum.
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