This is why, at the end of five centuries of musical history from
the middle ages right up to modern times, every European country
boasts noteworthy composers who have written extraordinary and
fundamental pages of organ literature and why every religious
community has entrusted master craftsmen with the construction of
perfect instruments to place in the choir lofts of cathedrals,
sanctuaries and small parishes.
There are also famous organ-makers in the «Marca
Trevigiana»: Jacomello dagli Organi with workshop in S.
Leonardo, Master Lorenzo dai Organi, friar Nicolò de
Alemagna, Domenico di Lorenzo or di Lucca, Orazio Napolitano.
Pietro Nacchini, who together with Callido, De Lorenzi, Moscatelli,
Dacci Barbini, Merlini and many others, contributed in the creation
of a «Veneto School», in 1750 constructed a splendid
instrument in the church of S. Croce (which was called Santa Maria
dei Battuti – inside the University block).
This is the oldest preserved in Treviso, in perfect working order
thanks to restoration work sponsored by the Cassamarca Foundation,
which has returned the precious collection of organs to the city
and its province, where today they can be admired and listened to.
Also for this reason world-famous players and performers come to
Treviso from September to October each year, to participate in the
International Organ Festival. Some cities, such as Brussels,
Toulouse, Lisbon, Zaragoza, Innsbruck, Göteborg, Freiberg,
Alkmaar, Umag, Fribourg and Trondheim, also seats of renowned organ
festivals and the homes of exquisite historical instruments, have
accepted Treviso’s proposal to form the European Committee of
Cities with Historical Organs, acknowledging Marca Trevigiana as
the European centre of interests for enthusiasts, scholars and
researchers in this sector.
Treviso, together with the city of Pesaro has created the European
Project Hydraulis which unites the Adriatic regions of Italy
(Veneto, Friuli, Marche) with Slovenia, Croatia, Greek and
Montenegro to enhance the historic organ heritage that, in
particular on the coast, have been really influenced by the
artistic and cultural supremacy of the Venetian Republic.