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Antonio Vivaldi : A Life in Documents

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Published by Leo S. Olschki Editore (Florence)​​​​​​​

 

This new biography of Antonio Vivaldi, styled as a chronological series of original documents accompanied by ample commentaries, is the first such study of this composer to adopt this method. It reveals him more clearly than ever in his musical, familial, religious and social settings, giving us greater insight into his personality and daily life. 

 

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.

  • Micky White

    Antonio Vivaldi : A Life in Documents

     

    March 2018 (first published 2013, Italy)
    Published by Leo S. Olschki
    Distributed by Ad Ilissum

    ISBN: 978 88 222 6221 9

    Paperback, 170 x 240 mm

    336 pages, with free CD-ROM

  • About the author

    Micky White was born in Windsor, England, and has lived in Sri Lanka and Italy. She has been resident for several years in Venice, where she initiated a study of Antonio Vivaldi via the discovery of archival documents. She has collaborated in the preparation of several documentaries on the composer, both for the BBC and for foreign radio and television stations. Articles by her have appeared in musical journals and in the volume Vivaldi, ‘Montezuma’ and the Opera Seria (Proceedings of an international conference, Rotterdam, 2005). 

  • About Leo S. Olschki Editore

    Leo S. Olschki Editore (Florence) is one of Italy's oldest and most respected publishers of critical works in the humanities.