Mozart &
Material Culture


Palazzo Sanvenanzi, via Guerrazzi 13. Founded in 1666 by Vincenzo Maria Carrati, in 1749 the Accademia Filarmonica was granted by Pope Benedict XIV the same status as Rome’s Accademia di S Cecilia, including the authority to supervise performing musicians in all Bolognese churches. Academicians were divided into three orders - composers, singers and instrumentalists – while the administrative officers were the principe, two consiglieri, two censori dei conti or auditors, and an executive committee consisting of the president (who was elected each year from among the composers living in Bologna), the secretary and advisers.

Mozart Relevance

During Mozart’s time in Italy, the most influential member of the Accademia Filarmonica was Padre Martini, who patronized Mozart and corrected his 9 October 1770 examination setting of the antiphon Quaerite primum K86. Mozart was admitted to the academy on 10 October.

Mozart's diploma from the Accademia filarmonica, Bologna (Bologna, Accademia filarmonica)

Mozart's diploma from the Accademia filarmonica, Bologna (Bologna, Accademia filarmonica)

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Bibliographic Reference
Vecchi, L’Accademia filarmonica di Bologna (1666–1966): notizie storiche, manifestazioni; Pompilio, Padre Martini: Musica e cultura del settecento europeo; Callegari Hill, L’Accademia filarmonica di Bologna 1666–1800: statuti, indici degli aggregati e catalogo degli esperimenti d’esame nell’archivio, con un’introduzione storica; Gambassi, L’Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna: fondazione, statuti e aggregazione; Regia Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna