By Karl Heller
Antonio Vivaldi's rediscovery after global conflict II speedy led him from obscurity to his current renown as probably the most renowned 18th-century composers. Heller's biography offers the real points of his existence, his works, and his effect on track historical past.
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The lightness of attack and the purity of tone of their voices is simply divine. … Zabetta from the Incurabili has an astonishing tessitura and a quite amazing violinlike tone in her throat; I have no doubts that she swallowed a fiddle by the excellent Somis. Everyone says she is the best and anyone who claims another is as good as she runs the risk of enraging the rabble. 8 De Brosses here captured some of the atmosphere these concerts must have generated, and this explains why they became increasingly popular.
Mark’s Square and the Arsenal (near Riva degli Schiavoni, where the Calicchio family lived) was also where the young wife gave birth to their first child, Antonio Lucio, on 4 March 1678. 6 The first documents that mention Antonio date from 1693. The other information we have from this period concerns the birth of siblings and further details of Giovanni Battista Vivaldi’s career. The Vivaldis had nine children: five sons (including Antonio) and four daughters. Of these, only Antonio seems to have chosen music as a profession.
7, 8, and 11 contain no fewer than six solo movements in which the second violin merely accompanies. In general, what I have said about the Op. 1 trio sonatas applies to Vivaldi’s second set of published works, the twelve Sonatas for Violin and Continuo. They were first published without an opus number in 1709 by Antonio Bortoli of Venice. Bortoli announced their publication late in 1708. The designation “Op. 2” appeared on the 1711 reprint by Estienne Roger of Amsterdam. The violin sonatas were dedicated to King Frederick IV of Denmark and Norway, who made an incognito visit to Venice between 29 December 1708 and 6 March 1709 during Carnival and attended a Pietà concert conducted by Vivaldi on 30 December.
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