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

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

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by Jim Whiting
     
 
Ordained as a priest, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi became one of Europe's most popular composers during the early part of the eighteenth 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.

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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 eighteenth 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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Children's Literature
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584152415
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Masters of Music: The World's Greatest Composers Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,266,418
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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The Life and Times of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi ( Masters of Music Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Antonioandy More than 1 year ago
An excellent and well-written book about the life and times of Antonio Vivaldi.