By Karl Heller
Antonio Vivaldi's rediscovery after global struggle II speedy led him from obscurity to his current renown as probably the most renowned 18th-century composers. Heller's biography provides the real points of his existence, his works, and his impact on track historical past.
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It is therefore no wonder that they sing like angels, and play violin, flute, oboe, organ, cello, and bassoon, not even stopping at the largest instruments … ; some forty girls perform at each concert. I assure you, there is no more delightful sight than a pretty young nun wearing a white robe and a bouquet of pomegranate flowers in her hair, leading an orchestra with incomparable grace and with the proper feeling. The lightness of attack and the purity of tone of their voices is simply divine.
For example, in 1715 and 1716, two German travelers to Venice, Johann Friedrich Armand von Uffenbach and Johann Georg Pisendel, returned to Germany with manuscripts of a large number of Vivaldi’s sonatas and concertos. The Frankfurt nobleman Uffenbach met Vivaldi during the Carnival of 1715; the Dresden violinist, Pisendel, “took formal lessons on the violin”6 from Vivaldi, who dedicated five violin sonatas and six violin concertos (in manuscript) to him during the German’s stay in the city in 1716.
Here he is referring to the tradition of stagioni, that is, the one or more relatively short seasons during which theater was performed. Venetian opera houses were not open the year round. By far the most important season was Carnival (in winter), which lasted from 26 December (St. Stephen’s Day) to Shrove Tuesday. During this stagione each of the leading Venetian opera houses put on between two and four operas. The other seasons during which some theaters remained closed were shorter and, in general, involved staging only one opera: the spring or Ascension seasons (La primavera or L’ascensione) and an autumn season (L’autunno), which, except for a period before Christmas, more or less became part of the Carnival season.
Antonio Vivaldi: The Red Priest of Venice by Karl Heller