A detailed evocation of Venice and the city's musical culture that inspired Vivaldi. At the time Venice was, uniquely, a city where all classes mingled in their love of music; aristocrats, gondoliers and the workers met to listen to all types of music. All that is known about Vivaldi's life is included, and all the recent discoveries that have been made about that life (as well as details from Vivaldi's contemporaries). The book captures the hedonistic atmosphere of Venice at the time, already an international tourist destination, and how that was reflected by the mysterious Vivaldi in his baroque music (which is still available in a range of recordings).
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(216mm x 135mm x 25mm)
Souvenir Press Ltd
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Hardly a day goes by in modern life without at least a snatch of The Four Seasons reaching our ears, whether it's down the telephone, in your local pizzeria or simply on Classic FM. If Vivaldi were alive today, it's a safe bet he'd be driving a Porsche and collecting Victorian art! Anyway, a book about the man who wrote those concertos and about the society in which they were conceived is the ideal companion to the music of this extraordinary composer, and here it is. Who could ask for more? It's a lovely book - only one small caveat: in places the text reads like a rather clunky translation, yet one can sense behind it some very clunky French indeed (you know the sort of thing - never use one adjective where three will do), and the probability is that the translator has worked wonders making what could have been a pompous and dusty study digestible. And this is exactly what Vivaldi's Venice is: a brief and entertaining survey of social and musical life there, discussing the composer's place in it, and enlivened with some gorgeously overblown pictures of the marvellous city as it once was. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Patrick Barbier
Patrick Barbier is Professor of Music at the West Catholic University of Angers. A specialist in the history of opera, he has published widely on the subject, including Souvenir Press's The World of Castrati.