The Life and Times of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi ( Masters of Music Series)

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Ordained as a priest, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi became one of Europe's most popular composers during the early part of the 18th century. He wrote hundreds of concertos, dozens of operas and many sacred works before his music fell out of fashion during the latter part of his life. He died in obscurity and his work suffered a similar fate for almost two centuries. His music was rescued from oblivion in the 1930s. His most famous work, The Four Seasons, has since become one of the best-selling classical compositions of ...
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Ordained as a priest, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi became one of Europe's most popular composers during the early part of the 18th century. He wrote hundreds of concertos, dozens of operas and many sacred works before his music fell out of fashion during the latter part of his life. He died in obscurity and his work suffered a similar fate for almost two centuries. His music was rescued from oblivion in the 1930s. His most famous work, The Four Seasons, has since become one of the best-selling classical compositions of all time.
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This title is part of the "Masters of Music, The World's Greatest Composers" series which combines biography, musical knowledge, events and other people of the times in text which appeals to average readers in middle school but is useful for high school students, as well. Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," the most popular work of classical music in recent studies, languished on a library shelf until the mid-1950s. The author of this text makes fascinating the story of this late "discovery" of works by man who lived during the rule of Louis XIV in France and the era of Stradivari and his violin-making. The author's fairly scholarly recounting of Vivaldi's music covers performances at the time, the importance of Vivaldi's other works, and an analysis of "The Four Seasons," which may prove skippable to casual browsers but of real interest to musicians. A chronology, further reading, a bibliography of books for young adults, numerous websites both on the man and on the times, a list of selected works by Vivaldi, chapter notes with sources for quotes, reference works consulted, and an index are included. While the reading level is listed at upper elementary level, the text assumes knowledge of some specialized vocabulary and a working knowledge of history to help set some of the events in the context which the book tries to provide. 2005, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Ages 10 to 14.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Rediscovering a Forgotten Composer 7
FYInfo: Two Baroque Masters 11
Chapter 2
The Red Priest 13
FYInfo: The City of Flooded Streets 17
Chapter 3
The Pieta 19
FYInfo: World's Most Famous Violins 23
Chapter 4
A Burst of Creative Energy 25
FYInfo: The Sun King 31
Chapter 5
The Four Seasons 33
FYInfo: The Dodo 37
Chapter 6
In and Out of Fashion 39
FYInfo: Jonathan Swift 43
Selected Works 44
Chronology 44
Timeline in History 45
Chapter Notes 46
Further Reading 47
Works Consulted 47
Index 48
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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    An excellent and well-written book about the life and times of Antonio Vivaldi.

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