Exhibition at EU Parliament to honour Piran-born composer Tartini

Brussels, 24 November - To mark the 330th anniversary of the birth of Piran-born composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini (1692 and 1770), an exhibition on the musician will open at the European Parliament next week. Next year, it will also be organised at the National Assembly and possibly elsewhere.

Tartini Square, Piran.
Giuseppe Tartini statue.
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The exhibition, which aims to present the cultural heritage of the territory of present-day Slovenia, was unanimously agreed by all eight MEPs from Slovenia.

While the main organiser is MEP Milan Brglez (SD/S&D), all are involved in the preparations and consider it to be an exceptional promotion of Slovenia, Boštjan Udovič of the Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences said.

Nejc Sukljan of the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts department for musicology noted that at the same time Tartini's life and work can be linked to what the EU is founded on, the idea of European integration.

According to Sukljan, Tartini connected all of Europe with his school and his work, especially the three European countries where he lived and worked: present-day Slovenia, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Tartini, who was honoured by the coastal town of Piran with a statue in the central square, which also carries his name, is best known today as a violinist and composer. He was however also a brilliant music teacher, whose pupils came from all over Europe.

He was moreover a brilliant Enlightenment thinker, who worked deeply in the field of music theory and also linked it to broader reflections on the structure of nature and the world of his day. He also discussed his insights with many prominent scholars of the time, Sukljan added.

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