|About the museum:
The memorial room is located in the native house that is presumed to be the birthplace of Ivan Matetić Ronjgov (1880-1960), composer, melodist, and music educator.
Documents related to Matetić Ronjgov’s life and work are exhibited, as well as photographs and items which present his life and professional career. Matetić Ronjgov’s educational work, patriotism, and work on awakening national consciousness are particularly emphasised.
Family photos are displayed, along with the photos from the opening nights of the performances of his works. Photographs of Matetić Ronjgov in the company of other famous Croatian composers (Grgošević, Gotovac, and Tajčević) are also on display.
Matetić Ronjgov’s greatest contribution to Croatian music was the identification and recording of specific rules of the tonal structure of musical expression in the Istrian and Primorje region, that is, the elaboration of a theoretical system called the Istrian scale. Based on this discovery, he was able to record folk songs of Istria, Hrvatsko Primorje, and the northern Adriatic islands, preserve them, and also compose works in the same spirit.