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Antonio Vivaldi: The Red Priest of Venice Paperback – March 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574670158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574670158
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Partially revised from the original 1991 German-language version, this minutely detailed biographical and analytical study of Vivaldi's life and works by Heller (historical musicology, Univ. of Rostock, Germany) is not easy to read. Inessential details abound, and the writing is plodding and pedantic. Vivaldi wrote an enormous amount of music, and the author attempts to say something about nearly all of it, perhaps one of the problems. Still, it is useful to have all the facts in one place. For larger music collections.?Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Except for his music, not much is known about Antonio Vivaldi (1678^-1741). Born in Venice to musically skilled parents, he learned music from his father and later studied for the priesthood. Ordained at 25, he said mass for only a year until his asthma forced him to retire. He then dedicated his life to performing on violin and keyboard, teaching at a girls' school, composing instrumental and vocal music, and producing his operas and pastiches. He produced operas in Vienna, traveled to Dresden to try to be a member of that court, and had moderate success composing and performing in Mantua. Heller is most concerned with Vivaldi as pioneer of the Italian concerto form. As for Vivaldi's operas, most are lost. Indeed, were it not for collections in Dresden and Turin, Vivaldi's music would be unheard today. Heller successfully describes the political and cultural world in which Vivaldi struggled to make a living at music and also shows the effect his music had on other composers of the baroque and classical periods. Alan Hirsch

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Bruce Kelly on August 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Heller's book is the most accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive, and unbiased biography of Vivaldi yet written. While thoroughly scholarly, the book is also highly readable and absolutely packed with fascinating and enlightening information about the famous Red Priest.

This is nearly always the book I go to when I want to be sure about a certain aspect of Vivaldi's life or music. I teach a university course on Vivaldi and do not hesitate to recommend Heller's excellent biography to my students.

Sarah Bruce Kelly
Author of THE RED PRIEST'S ANNINA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on January 18, 2008
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I recently saw the dramatic play about Vivaldi (which bears the same title as this book) and became interested in learning more hard facts about the composer. I started with this bio and found it to be interesting and well-translated from its original German. It also provides some great vintage photos and illustrations. For anyone interested in learning about Vivaldi's absolutely fascinating life, I would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reininger on April 9, 2013
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This biography on Vivaldi seems to be the only current worthwhile biography on the man. The book is readable as compared to the other Vivaldi bio by Landon that I tried to read. Since I am not a professional musician, I skimmed through the middle of Heller's book.

Apparently Vivaldi was quite popular when in his 30's and then his popularity amongst his comtemporaries faded. But at least Johann Sebastian Bach was able to appreciate Vivaldi and was even influenced by him.
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