Institutes and Centres
Institute of Music

The Institute of Music promotes methodical studies and the spread of knowledge in various fields of Western musical culture. Its activities are mainly focused on three areas: compositional processes, theory and practice of musical interpretation and audiovisual experiences. These activities involve conserving and developing major archives and collections of private individuals, publishing musicological literature, and organising conferences, seminars and musical events to encourage synergies between public and private Italian and international organisations.

At the centre of this area of study are the sources of musical creation in the 20th century that are approached from various points of view. The reconstruction of the genesis of music works or events; the biography of people or the history of musical organisations are just some of the aspects analyzed in this area.

The organic set of studies, workshops and masterclasses, characterised by the combination of historical research, theoretical elaboration and music performing practice , as well as activities that focus on themes and repertoires of eras, different areas and cultures, are part of the theory and practice of musical interpretation.

The link between sound and image, as it is configured in the electronic age, is at the center of the third area of activity. Audiovisual productions (a vast field that ranges from cinema to art installations) are explored in terms of structural relations and communicational methods. The study of the acoustic dimension as built into the complexity of the audiovisual product means bringing together different methodological approaches: enquiries into production systems and professional figures, the study of production processes, the analysis of repertoires and compositional strategies, and the historically-informed surveying of individual audiovisual documents in their specific compositional and dramaturgical dimension.

In 2015 the Institute of Music celebrate thirty years of activity, read the article from the Lettera da San Giorgio: Thirty Years of the Institute of Music by Gianmario Borio.



The Institute for Music  is committed to acquiring, conserving, safeguarding and developing 20th and 21st-century archives, especially those built up by leading figures in the world of music, dance and audiovisual productions.

Digital archives



   I trent’anni dell’Istituto per la Musica


     A wave of Ultra-Modern Music. Venezia and Beyond


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December, 10-11

Giovanni Gabrieli Between Past and Future: Contexts, Models and Italian DisciplesInternational Study Sessions for the quadricentennial of Giovanni Gabrieli (1554/56-1612).

Publication: Rodolfo Baroncini, Giovanni Gabrieli, Palermo, l’Epos.

November, 20-21

Improvised Music in Europe (1966-1976). International workshop.

October, 25

Publication: Alla ricerca di luce e chiarezza. L’epistolario HelmutLachenmann – Luigi Nono (Fondazione Giorgio Cini – Studi di musica veneta; ArchivioLuigi Nono – Studi IV).

October, 07

56th International Festival of Contemporary Music – Concert: Enzo Porta and Silvia Tarozzi.

September, 28-29

Luciano Berio’s MusicalTheater: Un re in ascolto.

1985 - 2011

The creation of an independent Institute for Music was decided in April 1985 by the Cini Foundation General Council in order to complete a project (“The Scuola di San Giorgio for the Study of Venetian Culture”), originally conceived, set up and developed by Vittorio Cini; the centenary of his birth was being celebrated that year.

From the outset, under the direction of Giovanni Morelli, (who died on 12 July 2011), and in agreement with the Vivaldi Institute, a number of promising prospects opened up, as demonstrated by the intense activity in 1985 for the European Year of Music: the international advanced culture course, Music in Education and the Development of European Culture, three study conferences –  Baldassarre Galluppi, Andrea Gabrieli and his Age and Back to Stiffelio (dealing with Verdian themes) –  and a large overall set of related publications.
The Critical Edition of the Works of Andrea Gabrieli was later acknowledged as the National Edition  (i.e. the first national edition of the complete works of a composer on a par with the literary or scientific works of Dante, Foscolo, Tasso, Galileo, etc.). The critical edition required the indispensable promotion of a complete collection of sources, while there was also a need to acquire a large photo library (around 8,000 items) consisting of musical scores published in the Veneto area and elsewhere, before and after Gabrieli.

As well as completing the photo library, the project involved the re-ordering of score transcriptions of polyphonic music made during the Foundation’s first twenty years by Don Siro Cisilino. In 1986 an ambitious project on “Goldonian music” was launched. This involved collecting all the scores, librettos and documentation related to musical settings for Goldoni’s texts or texts derived from Goldoni or “after Goldoni”. The Goldoni Music project also had spinoffs in the form of unexpectedly detailed supplementary information and texts, leading to the launch in 1987 of a second project on Venetian farce in the transition period of the late 18th and early 19th century, which soon also yielded fruit (books, conferences and practical and critical editions).

The Institute has also collaborated in synergic initiatives with the Luigi Nono Archives by promoting five study conferences, the publication of thematic dossiers, a documentary exhibition at the Palazzo Cini, concerts, master classes and sessions on the historically-informed reconstruction and publication of works left unfinished by Nono. With the Teatro La Fenice, from 1985 to December 2000, the Institute for Music cooperated intensively on various projects linked to musical studies in the sector of early and Baroque music as well as contemporary music. In the wake, on the other hand , of an officially “agreed” synergy with the degree course in the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, created at Ca’ Foscari University in 1992, and the degree course in the Performing Arts, Musicology and the Musical Heritage, also created at Ca’ Foscari, in 2001, the Institute set up and completed four research projects on training people for the sector of conserving the musical heritage.