Antonio Vivaldi

A Life in Documents

Micky White

Antonio Vivaldi

Micky White

Distributed for Paul Holberton Publishing

336 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9788822262219 Will Publish January 1900
Styling the biography of a major composer as a chronological series of original documents accompanied by ample commentaries, an idea pioneered in O.E. Deutsch’s Documentary Biography of Handel (1955), has the advantage of revealing with clarity and accuracy the true foundations of our biographical knowledge of him. Micky White’s new account of Antonio Vivaldi’s life, which uses not only well-known documents but also ones newly discovered by her and other scholars, is the first such study of Vivaldi to adopt this method. It reveals the composer more clearly than ever in his musical, familial, religious and social settings, giving us greater insight into his personality and daily life. The author, who has lived in Venice for many years and devoted herself assiduously to the task of uncovering new archival information, besides checking, collating and evaluating the already known data, has produced an irreplaceable vade mecum for Vivaldians that will be an essential resource for a long time. The volume is accompanied by a free CD-ROM containing reproductions of the original documents.
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