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THE AMOROUS AFFECTIONS. MUSIC FOR THE WORKS OF THE GALLERIA BORGHESE


THE AMOROUS AFFECTIONS. MUSIC FOR THE WORKS OF THE GALLERIA BORGHESE

THE AMOROUS AFFECTIONS is a new musical initiative that will animate the rooms of the Galleria Borghese.

Every first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., specialists in historical instruments or young musicians from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome will offer an immersive music experience of Baroque and 18th century culture in a different room of the museum each time.

These concerts, of the duration of about 30 minutes, will feature music contemporary to the works on display or inspired by them.

The second concert is Saturday May 7th in the Paolina Room at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Maria Paola Bonaparte, known simply as Paolina Bonaparte was the younger sister of Napoleon Bonaparte.

A woman of renowned beauty and charm, she was widowed in 1802 and married the following year, at the request of her brother Napoleon, a person whose family was part of the ancient Roman nobility: Prince Camillo Borghese, five years her senior. Restless, a lover of pomp and court life, she was much talked about because of her nonconformist behavior, such as posing nude in 1805, to be immortalized by Antonio Canova in the famous statue of Venus Victrix.

Napoleon was the same age as Ludwig van Beethoven, who was only one year older. In Europe, the arc of their lives was crossed by contrasting and often opposing visions and ideas: from the exuberant faith in reason of the Enlightenment, they passed to the restless romantic sensibility generating sublime aspirations and awareness of the unattainability of desire.

The historical events of Bonaparte provoked throughout Europe, among intellectuals as well as among the bourgeoisie, optimisms later extinguished by the paradox of their evolution. He first built a new bourgeois state and then realized an absolutist centralization, created a personal power with coups d’état and plebiscites until he crowned himself emperor of the French and king of Italy, took away acquired or desired freedoms and affirmed the French hegemony in Europe by force and his military skill as a strategist.

Even Beethoven, like Hegel, initially saw in Napoleon “riding the spirit of the world” dedicating to him the Third Symphony, and then, disappointed, disavowed it and entitled it in Italian “L’eroica”.

To purchase the ticket, reservation is required by calling 0039 06 32810 or by clicking on PURCHASE

Download the program of Saturday, May 7th here



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