The ocarina is a popular musical windinstrument in terracotta, made in various dimensions, capable of playing concertos in various tonalities.
It was invented by a native of Budrio, Giuseppe Donati, in 1853 and was very successful throughout the 19th century, also internationally, so much so that it was even produced in Paris and London. Concerts by early groups of ocarina- players from Budrio were performed for the Tsar and at the Moulin Rouge. Today the ocarina is celebrated in a biennial festival which brings together artists and fans from all over the world.
The Ocarina Museum, the only one in the world, illustrates the evolution of this particular musical instrument, the construction techniques and the traditional musical repertories, through numerous examples and a rich documentary, bibliographical and audio collection.
The International Ocarina Festival of Budrio is a biennial event which takes place in the spring of odd-numbered years.
The festival is the occasion for gathering together artists and ocarina lovers coming from all over the world.
On 24 September 2011, the museum was named after Franco Ferri , founder with other Budriesi of the Municipal School of Ocarina and long promoter , supporter and collector of instruments and documents pertaining to the history of the ocarina Budrio .
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