Le Marche: a universe of music, in front of and behind the scenes

21 February 2024

4 minutes

The Turismo delle Radici project finds fertile ground in the Marche region to welcome (or welcome back) you, special travelers, in many ways.

One of these, very characteristic, as well as quite unique and important, is the artistic background that a region can offer. Le Marche is a region full of culture, art and music. Not only the one played and sung, but it turns out to be the cradle of important points of manufacture of musical instruments.

If you think of the Marche region, great composers such as Rossini or tenors such as Beniamino Gigli come to mind, as well as the multiple, wonderful theaters scattered throughout the area (such as the Teatro dell’Aquila in Fermo, the Ventidio Basso in Ascoli, the Gentile in Fabriano, or the Rossini in Pesaro). But there are hundreds of small theatres where the Music is the protagonist, often played with tools designed and built in the Marche region.

The first great example is the accordion, which finds its nerve center in Castelfidardo, hosting not only the heart of world production but also important events such as the PIF (International Accordion Prize), in which virtuoso musicians from all over the world compete: days dedicated to music that pays homage to an instrument played in all corners of the globe but which has its capital in the Marche region.

«Thanks to the typical stubbornness of the people of the Marche region who have never stopped producing it, this instrument is always present in popular music but, thanks to the work of the municipal administration of Castelfidardo, it has entered, for almost thirty years, in the Conservatories, in the music high schools and in the music courses of many schools. This has led composers of contemporary music to write for this instrument and to bring it out of the confines of traditional music,” reads a recent interview given by the owner of a leading company in the sector, which appeared in the Corriere Adriatico at the end of 2023.

Another illustrious example can be the company Eko, a manufacturer of instruments since 1959, always born in Castelfidardo, the capital not only of the accordion but of a real center for the manufacture of musical instruments and equipment; A district that, despite the crises, still finds space, creativity and quality to compete and stand out at an international level. Eko, a specialist in guitars and basses, is just one of the companies born in those years where people came to the Marche region to buy the best guitars, and even today the names of guitar models and signatures that have become vintage resonate, both for collectors and for the musicians themselves.

In addition to these excellent realities, there are also others related to both industrial and musical craftsmanship works. Suffice it to mention the numerous luthiers who operate in the Marche region, experts in the production and renovation of both standard quality and high-value instruments, such as luthiers specialized in the repair of priceless vintage instruments.

For a roots traveler interested in local music and crafts, visiting these golden-handed artisans is a special opportunity to discover a new art, but also a way to be able to repair your own instruments, which is difficult to do at a high level in many other countries, due to a lack of both skills and the necessary equipment.

Finally, Le Marche is a magnet in the musical universe when it comes to musical equipment, then the amplification equipment, cables, and all the audio and lighting systems related to musical and theatrical performances. Having a company like FBT, which is just one of the many companies that deal with amplification, is a great pride; not to mention the companies that deal with the lighting of shows, a fundamental element for the success of a show, a sector that finds in the Guzzini brand An excellence that transcends every continent and every sector.

The traveller from his roots interested in the world of music will undoubtedly find in the Marche a treasure to be discovered and unparalleled excellence.

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