Researchers’ Night

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Researchers' Night 2018, with artistic offers spread for the various venues of the International Robotics Festival




Museum of Ancient Ships – at the Arsenali Medicei
28 september 9.00 pm

Museum of Ancient Ships – at the Medicean Arsenals

9.00 pm
Speech by the Director of the Ship Museum Dr. Andrea Camilli


9.15 pm
Preview of the documentary film
A Pompeii of the sea, Alkedo and other ancient ships of Pisa
Alkedo productions in collaboration with Arpa Foundation and Museum of the Ancient Ships of Pisa


9.45 pm
Deepening on music in Roman culture

Eleonora Rocconi, Pavia (Italy)
Donatella Restani, Bologna (Italy)
Maria Chiara Martinelli, Pisa (Italy)
Gruppo musicale Ludi Scaenici: Cristina Majnero, Roberto Stanco, Pisa (Italy)

Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit, et artes intulit agresti Latio: this famous phrase by Orazio underlines the very important contribution of Greek culture to Roman art, including the musical one. But the daily life of ancient Rome, even before assimilating forms and idioms from the Hellenic (and Etruscan) model, was pervaded by musical sounds related to the cult, the military life and the different moments of sociality.

As part of this presentation, an overview will be provided of the different contexts (public / private, authorial / popular, etc.), of the sounds (as well as of the various instruments that originally produced them) and of the surviving written testimonies (ie the scores) thanks to the which we can reconstruct the role of ars music in Roman culture and its links with the Greek model.

Donatella Restani will illustrate the contexts, deepening especially the relationship between music and power; Eleonora Rocconi will talk about the sounds and the relationship between music and speech (within this section will be Cristina Majnero and Roberto Stanco, who will show and let listen to these sounds on the replicas of ancient instruments, emphasizing the impulse that technology has recently provided to research in this field); Finally, Maria Chiara Martinelli will talk about the documents, essentially papyrus, in Greek notation, which can be traced back to a Roman or Greek-Roman cultural context, followed by listening to some of them in the performance of the above mentioned musicians.


Donatella Restani is Professor of Musicology and History of Music at the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna, Ravenna

Eleonora Rocconi is Professor at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia, Cremona

Maria Chiara Martinelli is Researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Class of Letters and Philosophy



Musical interventions with reconstructed ancient Roman instruments

Ludi Scænici

Carpe Diem (Cristina Majnero, Roberto Stanco)

E tempore emergo (Cristina Majnero, Roberto Stanco)

Calpurnia (Cristina Majnero, Roberto Stanco)

Septimo (Cristina Majnero)

Tibia Gorga (Roberto Stanco)

Nenia (Cristina Majnero, Roberto Stanco)

The ensemble Ludi Scænici was founded by Cristina Majnero and Roberto Stanco who have been doing research in this field for years, collaborating with Dr. A.M. Liberati, of the “Museum of Roman Civilization”, and with the “Museo de Historia of Tarragona”. They composed the music of the CD ROM “Virtual Journey in Ancient Rome” of “Altair 4 Multimedia” published by Mondadori New Media which had the special mention of the critic at the “International Multimedia Festival – 8th Prix Möbius 2000” at the Center Pompidou of Paris. In 2004 the magazine “Rivivere la storia” dedicated a service to the group. In the August-September 2005 issue of the prestigious French magazine “L’Archeologue” (published by Errance) an article by Cristina Majnero and Roberto Stanco was published on the music and instruments of ancient Rome. In 2006 the group was a guest on the “L’Altrolato” program for Radio Rai. In 2011 and 2012 the Austrian radio “ORF Radio Ö1” in Vienna broadcast an interview and some of the group’s music during a broadcast on the Etruscans.

Cristina Majnero and Roberto Stanco are members of the MOISA (International Society for the Study of Greec and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage) based at the Department of History and Methods for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage of Ravenna and ISGMA (International Study Group) on Music Archeology) department of the Germanic Institute of Archeology in Berlin for which they have already published together with Peter Holmes an article in 2006 about a tuba-salpinx found in Pompeii and another article, published in 2010 by Cristina Majnero, on the discovery of a lingula (reed) of tibiae always coming from Pompei

“Ludi Scænici” conducts concerts both in Italy and abroad, also collaborating with the “La Sapienza” University of Rome and with the University of Tarragona (Catalonia), where he participated in the “Tarraco Viva” events from the 2000 to date for the Museum of History of Tarragona; also in Spain he played for the cycle of concerts “La musica a traves de los siglos” organized by the Auditorium of Zaragoza and for the Tourist Consortium of Navarra in the Municipality of Mendigorria (from 2004 to 2009). In France the group performed in Bliesbruck (from 2004 to 2009), Le Fa and Frejus in their respective archaeological areas and in the Archaeological Museum of Antibes. He participated in the review “Stone sounds – travel in the territories of the Empire” for the City of Rome at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere, at the event “Land of History” organized by the Museum of Roman Centuriation for the City of Borgoricco (PD) , made performances and held a conference at Villadose (RO) “Roman Centuriation Market”, and played in the Roman amphitheater of Roselle (GR). He participated in the Roman days of Augusta Raurica (Augst) from 2002 to 2007 in Switzerland. He has played in the archaeological area of ​​Ostia antica and Tridentum, today’s Trento, and in those of Carsulae and Ocricolum in Umbria, he participated in the inauguration of the C.R.A.M. (Archeo-Music Research Center) in the Municipality of Montalto di Castro (VT) and in 2009 in Tarquinia he played at the “Music in Etruria” archeomusicology conference. He performed shows in the Archaeological Museum of Chieti, also creating, with Quinto Fabriziani, the sound of the museum environment. During the “Week for Cultural Heritage” of 2003 he held a series of lectures at the “Museo Civico Archeologico e Etnologico” of Modena where he took part in the “Philosophy Festival” in 2005 and 2009. In the same year he inaugurated the exhibition “Music at the time of Aristosseno” at the Provincial Museum of Lecce and made a show for the week of culture at the “Museum of Roman Civilization” in Rome; he also participated in the creation of the documentary “Nero” for the “National Geographic” and held the lecture “Musical instruments from the origins to ancient Rome” at the Museum of the Origins of the La Sapienza University of Rome. The group has also performed in collaboration with Prof. Roberto Melini of the Conservatory of Trento in the archaeological area of ​​Velia near Salerno. In 2010, besides the usual concert activity, LVDI SCÆNICI also performed at the “National Museun of Singapore” for the inauguration of the “Pompeii” exhibition, in Irun in the Basque Country where he also participated in the “Dies Oiassonis” event in 2011. for the “Museo di Oiasso”, and an episode of the TV show “I Popoli del Mare” by Siusy Blady. Also from 2010 he took part in the “Ludi Romani” event, now in its third edition, which is held in various archaeological sites in the city of Rome.

The CD of “Ludi Scænici” “E Tempore Emergo” (Editions Minstrel Roma) was chosen in 2003 as a soundtrack of the DVD “Tarraco” on the history of Tarragona, a World Heritage Site, sponsored by UNESCO. In April 2011 the second CD entitled “Festina Lente” was released, in 2012 some of the pieces of this work were selected as the soundtrack of the exhibition: “Les Estrusques – Civilization of the Italie ancienne” for the “Pointe-à-” Museum Callière, Musée d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal “in Canada.


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