We visited the Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica on December 8, but shortly thereafter we both came down with Covid and didn't feel much like writing sprightly blog posts. We are now recovering in quarantine and feeling much better.
The museum has examples of instruments from various time periods, sheet music, both printed and in manuscript, and portraits of musicians, both composers and performers. We enjoyed all of it. Highlights for me were the portraits of Farinelli, Handel, and Vivaldi, and the music manuscripts. Some of the handwritten sheet music is almost unbelievably fine, small, uniform, and beautiful. It was great to see a page from the Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, some of the earliest music from movable type. In more modern times, Respighi seems to have made some visually beautiful scores.