”George Enescu” Memorial Museum awaits its visitors on the street with the same name, at number 81. The house dates from 1860, being included on the List of Historical Monuments of Romania since 2010, under code LMI – BT-II-m-B-01974. The building was bought by the composer’s father, Costache Enescu, in 1910. His son lived here for nine years. The house was turned into a museum in 1957 by a group of intellectuals from Dorohoi, led by professor Constantin Radinschi.
The museums hosts nowadays a remarkable collection of documents and objects of great value belonging to the famous musician: antique furniture, a piano, a stick, violins, musical scores and manuscripts, a pair of glasses, a concert costume, books, photographs, personal letters, as well as distinctions that he received throughout his career. Among these is a statuette which the distinguished musician received when he was designated as an honorary citizen of Dorohoi municipality. The entire treasure house of the museum is included on the list of National Cultural Heritage assets.
The piano was manufactured in the 20s, and it was bought from Vienna by Tinca, the aunt of the young Enescu, especially as a gift for her nephew. The master used to play it every time he was visiting his father. As is written on the marble stone at the entrance, during his longer journeys, the composer wrote some of his works here: the Third Symphony, Piano Quartet No. 2 Op.30, and others.
Moreover, three of the violins used by the famous musician in his concerts are true works of art in themselves. One of the violins was made in Romania, another in France, and the third has unacknowledged origin.
According to the museum curator, the museum was opened two years after Enescu’s death. It began with a collection of over one hundred objects, gradually collecting approximately 1,200. However, many of the objects that belonged to the Enescu family were lost when the parental home in Cracalia burnt down.
In 2005, the museum was reorganized to include a music parlor where concerts and recitals are held regularly. If the proverb walls have ears is accurate, we are not wrong in stating that the walls of this house have a musical ear. They turn every performance organized in this museum into a masterful experience.