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<p>The Music Museum is housed at the Auditori de Barcelona, very close to the National Theatre of Catalonia (TNC) and Pla&ccedil;a de les Gl&ograve;ries. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Sara Guastev&iacute;</p>

The Music Museum is housed at the Auditori de Barcelona, very close to the National Theatre of Catalonia (TNC) and Plaça de les Glòries. © Music Museum. Photo: Sara Guasteví

Music stirs our emotions and plays a decisive role in constructing our social lives.

The Barcelona Music Museum takes us on an itinerary through the different worlds of music —history and cultures — through musical instruments and from listening to music in the display rooms themselves. There is a collection of nearly two hundred instruments on display, each of which bears the hallmark of the people who made them and used them to make music.

The visit begins with the common elements of music, such as melody, rhythm and timbre. It continues with the audio-visual presentations, travelling from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century with stopovers at two special stages, the Catalan composers’ room and the guitar collection, and ending in the interactive room.

And from the instruments we move on to the experience of music: the Museum organises concerts at which its historical instruments are actually played, which complete the programme at the Auditori, today the Casa de la Música de Barcelona (Music House of Barcelona).

SPACES

<p>The keyboard room exhibits some of the most outstanding pieces and provides the setting for concerts. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
The Baroque and its great keyboard instruments
The Baroque and its great keyboard instruments
<p>The orchestra took form during the classical period. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Classicism and the Northern European movements
Classicism and the Northern European movements
<p>In the 19th century keyboard instruments began to be mass produced. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Romanticism and the 19th-century sound industry
Romanticism and the 19th-century sound industry
<p>New instruments and new ways to record and listen to music: the phonograph and the gramophone &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
The 20th century: new styles and new technologies
The 20th century: new styles and new technologies
<p>Our journey through the history of music begins with the birth of polyphony. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
The Middle Ages and Renaissance: polyphony
The Middle Ages and Renaissance: polyphony
<p>The Museum&rsquo;s guitar collection is regarded as one of the best in the world. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
The guitar
The guitar
<p>The forest of instruments explains these common elements of music. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Music as a universal phenomenon
Music as a universal phenomenon
<p>Group of instruments of the cobla. Folk and ethnic music lived alongside the orchestral music of the 19th century. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Tradition and folk music
Tradition and folk music
<p>Room dedicated to Catalan music from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Pep Herrero</p>
Music and society in Catalonia (1880-1950)
Music and society in Catalonia (1880-1950)
<p>Access to new media has opened up our cultural frontiers and music may now travel more than in the past. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
People travel, music travels
People travel, music travels

OBJECTS

<p>Balafon (Equatorial Guinea), 1850-1900. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Gabriel Serra</p>
Balafon from Equatorial Guinea
Balafon from Equatorial Guinea
<p>Christian Zell harpsichord (Hamburg), 1737. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Zell harpsichord
Zell harpsichord
<p>Lorenz Hauslaib claviorganum (Nuremberg), c.&nbsp;1590-1600 &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Sara Guastev&iacute;</p>
Hauslaib claviorganum
Hauslaib claviorganum
<p>The bandoneon and concertina are free reed aerophones with keyboards. CC-BY- SA-3.0 By Enfo</p>
Reed instruments
Reed instruments
<p>Andr&eacute;s Vidal bassoon (Barcelona), 1850-1900. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Gabriel Serra</p>
The Vidal bassoon
The Vidal bassoon
<p>The Museum has a good collection of these folk instruments, especially from Catalonia. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Flutes and tambourines
Flutes and tambourines
<p>Miguel Slocker Pianoforte (Madrid), 1831. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Slocker Pianoforte
Slocker Pianoforte
<p>Johannes Zumpe Pianoforte (London), 1776. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Sara Guastev&iacute;</p>
Zumpe pianoforte
Zumpe pianoforte
<p>Keybar gamelan gong&nbsp; This gong was exhibited at Expo 92 in Seville. The Museum displays only part of the full set of 31 instruments. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Indonesian gamelan
Indonesian gamelan
<p>Garamut (New Guinea), 1900-1950. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Gabriel Serra</p>
Garamut from New Guinea
Garamut from New Guinea
<p>PHOTO CAPTION Baroque guitar, known as the Guitarra de los Leones (Spain), c. 1700. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Lion-ornamented guitar
Lion-ornamented guitar
<p>The Museum exhibits the guitar that belonged to Vict&ograve;ria dels &Agrave;ngels. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Eduard Selva</p>
Pagés guitar
Pagés guitar
<p>Guitar by Antonio de Torres Jurado (Seville), 1859. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Torres guitar
Torres guitar
<p>Technological advances were applied to brass instruments, which gained in diversity and chromatic range. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
19th-century brass instruments
19th-century brass instruments
<p>One of the lutes (rear view) was built by Max Unverdorben in Venice, while the other (front view) was made by Hans Hovb Muler. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Renaissance lutes
Renaissance lutes
<p>Ordinador Atari, baix el&egrave;ctric Rickenbacker i guitarra el&egrave;ctrica Gibson Les Paul. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Foto: Rafael Vargas</p>
Ordinador, baix i guitarra elè...
Ordinador, baix i guitarra elèctrics
<p>Manuel P&eacute;rez Molero Organ (Segovia), 1739. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Pérez Molero Organ
Pérez Molero Organ
<p>Chassaigne Fr&egrave;res (Barcelona) Piano, 1915. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Pep Herrero</p>
Mompou Piano
Mompou Piano
<p>Baby Grand Piano, Carl R&ouml;nisch (Dresden, Germany), c. 1905. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Rönisch - Albéniz Piano
Rönisch - Albéniz Piano
<p>The rubab and gralla are two surviving medieval instruments still played today. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Rubab and Gralla
Rubab and Gralla
<p>Tenora Andreu Toron (Perpiny&agrave;), 1854-1900. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Foto: : Sara Guastev&iacute;</p>
Tenora Toron de Pep Ventura
Tenora Toron de Pep Ventura
<p>Christian Rault hurdy gurdy (Le Vanneau, France), 2006. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Hurdy gurdy
Hurdy gurdy
<p>Jos&eacute; Contreras Violin (Madrid), 1741. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Contreras Violin
Contreras Violin
<p>Stroh violin Compagnie Fran&ccedil;aise du Gramophone, c. 1900. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Stroh violin
Stroh violin
<p>Joan Guillam&iacute; Violoncello (Barcelona, 1756). &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Guillamí Violoncello, 1756
Guillamí Violoncello, 1756
<p>Yangqin (China), 19th and 20th centuries. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>
Yangqin from China
Yangqin from China
<p>Zamar (Rif, Morocco), 1900-1950. &copy;&nbsp;Museu de la M&uacute;sica. Photo: Gabriel Serra</p>
Moroccan Zamar
Moroccan Zamar

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