Meet the “Firenze.”
Part of a very limited edition, Firenze is #8 of only 24 of its kind, world-wide. To our knowledge, it’s the only one in the United States. It’s made by the Reuge company, a Swiss company long known for the best music boxes in the world, and named for the city of Florence (“Firenze” is Italian for “Florence”), a city known as the epicenter of culture and wealth during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Sometimes called “the jewel of the Renaissance”, Florence is an apt name for Ann’s beautiful Firenze music box. Both in quality of craftsmanship and beauty of sound, the Firenze has no peer in modern-made cylinder musical instruments.
Firenze is a virtual Philharmic Symphony of orchestral quality sound. It stands on its own custom made table and has 8 interchangeable cylinders that play 32 classical pieces. Each cylinder has 144 notes and can play not only the music, but bells and drums. The wood cabinet and stand are Burr Ambroya and Italian Rosewood inlaid with Boxwood threads. Composers of the pieces Ann’s Firenze plays include Gluck, Purcell, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Handel, Schubert, Schumann, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Wagner, Chostakovitch, Debussy, Faure, Chopin and Strauss.
The Firenze stands on its own matching custom-made table. Table houses a drawer to store the cylinders when they are not being played.
Firenze music box, front view. It’s about 4 feet wide.
Inside the lid. Brass sounding board houses bells with “bee” ringers, drums, the winding mechanism, and interchangeable cylinder.
Close up of winding mechanism.
The drawer in Firenze’s table houses 8 cylinders on two levels. 6 are visible here.
Inside the lid is a brass plate that lists the pieces played with movements and composers. Pieces are grouped by cylinders.