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RENATO MEUCCI studied guitar and horn at the Conservatories in Rome and Milan, and Latin and Greek classics at the University of Rome, later specializing in the history of musical instruments, their ichnography and performance practice, and the history of musical production and organization in Italy; subjects for which he has published numerous contributions in books and in Italian, German, British, Swiss, Austrian and American periodicals. For many years he has collaborated as a consultant for important museums and instrument collections, among them the Museum of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Musical Instrument Museum of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, and the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. He has contributed to the diffusion and advancement of music of the past in the positions of director of the Festival di Musica Antiqua in Urbino, Italy, and as past and honorary president of the Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antiqua, Rome.
In addition to being the director of the Conservatory of Music “Guido Cantelli”, in Novara, Italy, he is currently professor of musical instrument history at the University of Milan, and is a recipient of the American Musical Instrument Society's Curt Sachs Award and the Galpin Society Award.

MICHAEL QUINN studied Music History with Daniel Pinkham, F. Judd Cooke, and Harold Johnson; timpani and percussion with Alexander Lepak, Simon Sternberg, Vic Firth, and Karl Peinkofer. He held percussion positions with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, USA, and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He was timpanist with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich, and the La Scala Opera in Milan, and is currently percussion tutor for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Vienna. He was for many years a guest teacher at the Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan, and currently teaches a seminar in orchestral performance practice at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He has collaborated with the Toscanini Foundation in Italy, and with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, and held seminars and workshops in Europe, the USA, and China. He also shares his expertise as a clinician for Sabian Cymbals.

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The practical aspects of Professor Meucci’s treatise are presented by Michael Quinn in the illustrated presentation “Orchestral Percussion Practice in 19th Century Italy” (in English, Italian, or German), that also includes a playing session where instruments are available. The presentation has been done at the Vienna Konservatorium, the Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the International Belgian Percussion Festival. Contact the translator for further information.

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