Birthplace of the modern-day musical performance
The perfect acoustics of Piazza di Spagna are due to its unique shape, which makes it a perfect architectural sounding board.
In August 1687, the Spanish ambassador arranged a serenade for 5 voices and 80 instruments for the queen’s name day in Piazza di Spagna.
It was a way to respond to the French, who - in April of that year - had celebrated the healing of their king with a superb serenade in the Trinità dei Monti.
The orchestras were “modern” in several respects: the musicians played as a single body, arranged in tiers, and performed facing the public.
In Piazza di Spagna, the way we listen to music and interact with it was changed forever.
Exhibition edited by Youth Committee of the Italian Commission for UNESCO - Lazio: Antonio Geracitano, Marco Anzellotti, Vittoria Azzarita, Andrea Bangrazi, Ilaria Cacciotti, Francesca Candelini, Giovanni Cedrone, Carlotta Destro, Caterina Francesca Di Giovanni, Alessandra Feola, Paolo Ianniccari, Marta Lelli, Laura Leopardi, Ginevra Odone, Dario Saltari, Paolo Scipioni.
Photo credits "Arcangelo Corelli leading a serenata at Piazza di Spagna": https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arcangelo_Corelli_regendo_uma_serenata_na_Piazza_di_Spagna.jpg