Florence, the city where melodrama was born, and where the early models of what is today's piano were built, is a most appropriate site for this exhibition of Italian Baroque musical instruments. We inevitably think of the Medici, a ruling family whose eclectic cultural interests and patronage of the arts provided invaluable support in this context as well. This is an exhibition meant to astound, to take the visitors into the emotional dimension of the Baroque period, and what is even more rare today, into the dimension of marvels. Indeed, the exhibition is dedicated to the marvels of sound. These are musical instruments from the seventeenth to the early eighteenth century which, because of the materials and the creative exuberance that went into their crafting and decoration, far exceed the average aesthetic parameters of the other instruments created at the time.