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Cité de la Musique
Travelling Guitares

Cité de la Musique -, Until 14 january 2007.

travelling guitares cite de la musique paris

This splendid exhaustive exhibition is the initiatory homage to the most famous musical instruments : the guitar. More than one hundred of instruments representative of all the times and all the styles of music will be aligned in the Villette to tell us the music of the Conquistadors, that one of Paganini or that one of Jimmi Hendrix. The scenography of the exhibition inserts the visitor in a giant case, preceded by a monumental rosette which should be crossed. The guitars are exposed on bases or under windows of jewelry according to a route suggested by the organizers. The course starts with Liberty space. One discovers the prehistory of the guitar there, his first appearances from the revolution to the middle of XIXth century. The hybrid and whimsical forms recall us that the instrument is not standardized yet. Colony space opens the cradle to us, Spain, the Latin America, the guitar of Torres, this Spanish violin maker who gave him his final and known appearance so far. Epopée space goes up towards the United States, when the guitar cries the blues and invests the American country. Emancipation space electrifies the guitar, makes it howl, squeak, in the repertories new of post-war period, rock'n'roll, pop, folk. Among the stars of the exhibition, let us enhance the guitars of the famous duet Presti-Lagoya, the vihuela of mano Castilian of the beginning of XVIth century, the guitar of Berlioz and Paganini, the strato of Hendrix recovered by Zappa.

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