Marco Fioravanti, Professore di Tecnologie Ambientali Forestali, GESAAF University of Florence, Florence

Conservation Of Historical Wooden Musical Instruments: Advances in Understanding Material Ageing

Ancient musical instruments are opera of great value both as historical witnesses and as real musical instruments played up to now. In order to preserve these precious objects it is necessary to monitor and analyse the conditions of conservation that are largely depending on the conservation of the sound box typically made of wood for stringed instruments.
The aim of this lecture is that of presenting the results of a research focused on understanding the effects of the events that may occur during the lifetime of musical instruments which, for their importance, are considered also as part of the Cultural Heritage.
Particular attention will be assigned to explain the effects of both moisture variation and mechanical stress, as well as the coupling effects determined by their interaction, on the ageing of wooden components of string instruments.