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KelsieGleason Kelsie Gleason

  • 27 years old
  • From Illinois, United States
  • Currently in Barcelona, Spain

Visions and Revisions: Discovering the Culture of Barcelona

This journal will serve as a collection of my experiences, observations, and reflections over the next four months of cultural immersion in Barcelona.

Museo de la MĂşsica

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Feb 24, 2011
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There are so many tiny little museums dedicated to weird things in Barcelona, like wax figures, religious artifacts, shoes, funeral carriages, and even erotica, that there’s no way I would ever be able to see them all. I found out that they even have a medical sciences museum, but it is closed for renovations while I’m here. I did manage to find another cool museum though—one about the history of music and musical instruments. Today I decided to walk over there to check it out, and it was actually a lot bigger than I expected. The museum was in the same building as L’Auditori, one of the theaters in Barcelona. The performance hall makes up the majority of the building, but the museum had an entire floor to itself, and there was also a music school on a separate floor. I spent about an hour wandering through the museum, reading about the first instruments, early methods for recording music on paper, etc. There were tons of display cases with old pianos, brass instruments, violins, and even instruments from other parts of the world. I found out thanks to the Catalan music exhibit that the oboe I heard during the parade at the Festival of Santa Eulalia was a gralla. My favorite section was definitely the woodwind exhibit with old clarinets from the 1700s. They were almost exactly the same as modern clarinets, but a lot of them were made from rosewood instead of mpingo trees, so they were brown instead of black. I wanted to take pictures of the awesome clarinets but they wouldn’t let me take any pictures inside the museum. They made me check my camera at the entrance. Who knew they were so protective of their musical instruments?

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