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Vivaldi: Voice of the Baroque Paperback – August 15, 1996
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Perhaps best of all are the many sparkling descriptions of Vivaldi's music. Except for the operas, which are not covered in much depth, Landon brings to life the full spectrum of Vivaldi's brilliant and prolific musical output. Landon's book is a joy to read, rich with absorbing details about Vivaldi's life and music, and should be on the bookshelf of every serious Vivaldi enthusiast.
Sarah Bruce Kelly
Author of THE RED PRIEST'S ANNINA
What Robbins Landon reveals about Vivaldi, especially in his few surviving letters to the nobility or the inevitable dedications to his various noble patrons, is painful. Cringing obsequiousness, fawning servility, even an occasional whining sycophancy when things go wrong and Vivaldi pleads to a patron for assistance, are all prominently displayed. This was coin of the realm for the era: the artist as flotsam in a hierarchical world. It is painful to witness, nevertheless. What is also revealed is a certain wolfishness on Vivaldi's part. His strange and lengthy menage with the attractive and moderately talented Giraud sisters, slightly unusual for a Priest. His peculiar working habits and relationships with other artists. His somewhat craven demeanor throughout his compositional career, finally inducing him to abandon Italy for Vienna at the end.Read more ›
Also when I was read this book I now have more respect for Vivaldi's work. The amount of work he did when he was alive was amazing.(Basically, he was a workaholic!). I am glad that his works have not been neglected and are now preserved.
Bravo Landon for showing us that there is more to Vivaldi than just the 4 seasons!
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The book was very difficult for me to read. I had the impression the author's English was not his primary language or something. So I just skimmed through the book pretty much. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Mike Reininger
Very dry. Endless minutiae. Found myself scanning and skipping paragraphs in search of the life of Vivaldi. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Philomath
Unfortunatly this book received a very bad italian translation. In French the book is no more published. So the english original version is very precious.Published on February 26, 2008 by Mamy Sylvie