Monday, October 14, 2019

The Sigal Music Museum!

Marlowe Sigal's amazing collection of musical instruments, which was formerly housed on Gray Cliff Road in my home town of Newton, Massachusetts, has a new home in Greenville, South Carolina. Sigal's contribution to the museum is so great that the Carolina Music Museum will be changing its name.

I wrote a review of Sigal's book, Four Centuries of Musical Instruments in April of 2015, and wrote about visiting his collection a month later.

When I learned of Mr. Sigal's death in 2018, I hoped that his collection would be able to be preserved intact. What we saw of his collection on our visit took up a full basement (floor and shelves on all the walls), most of the first floor of the house (including the organ that was built into the house), and four or five large rooms on the second floor.

Here's an article about Mr. Sigal's gift in the Greenville Journal.


Frank Little said...

Marvellous! May I put in a word for a complementary collection on this side of the Atlantic? The Horniman museum was originally endowed by a tea magnate. This is a description of what must be the jewel in its crown.

Elaine Fine said...

Thank you, Frank! This looks like a fantastic museum. (Now I want to go to London right away.)