Voice of the BaroqueBook - 1995
Vivaldi's music, with its characteristic concentration of rhythmic patterns and nervous energy, ranks amongst the most popular and well known in the history of classical music. But our knowledge of Vivaldi's life is sketchy and full of paradox: he was a Catholic priest who gave up celebrating Mass almost as soon as he was ordained and shared his house with an attractive soprano; he was a lifelong invalid but travelled all over Europe when it suited him; he was a dazzling violin virtuoso whose compositions captivated Venice but who died poor and forgotten in Vienna.
New works by Vivaldi are still being discovered, as are letters and documents connected with his life, many of which are translated in this biography. Here H.C. Robbins Landon brings his unrivalled expertise to bear on Vivaldi's identity and extraordinary gift.
'A fascinating account of an illustrious eighteenth-century musical career'CLASSICAL MUSIC
'Robbins Landon gives us a vivid idea of what a musician's life must have been like in beautiful, merciless Venice in the early years of the eighteenth century'HUGO COLE, 'Country Life'
'A generous book … Robbins Landon continues to honour the tradition he has established for himself as a musicologist in the service of those who love music.'JONATHAN KEATES, 'Times Literary Supplement'