Piazzale San Francesco, 1
43121 – Parma
Since 2002, the 15th-century Palazzo Cusani, an expansive aristocratic residence in the city centre of Parma, hosts the House of Music (Casa della Musica).
Established with the task of disseminating and promoting musical culture – from any era, geographical area, or genre – the House of Music hosts several institutions, such as: the Opera Museum, the Library and Media Library, the Historical Archives of the Royal Theatre, the Musicology section of the Arts Faculty and the Acoustics Group of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Parma, and the International Research Centre on Musical Periodicals.
The House of Music also runs the House of Sound (La Casa del Suono), housed in the former Church of Santa Elisabetta nearby, and which explores the relations between music and technology, and the Museum of the Birthplace of Arturo Toscanini.
Along with preservation and promotion of its holdings and collections, the House of Music hosts artistic events such as music festivals and concerts ranging from ancient to contemporary music, as well as training courses for children and adults; it also publishes printed works and music.