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Book 6: Vivaldi’s Virgins by Barbara Quick

Hosted by the Consul of the Perth Foodies Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Tue 28 Aug 18:30 - 21:00

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Come and enjoy an interesting evening with likeminded people. It won’t be dull.

Bring a small plate of finger food to share and some wine if you feel like it.

What we do: we read the book, preferably, and we get together on the date to discuss it and many other things that might come into mind.

The history behind the story:

Vivaldi’s Lesser-Known Legacy: Female Violin Virtuosos Of 18th Century Venice

The great violin virtuosos of their time evoke an image of international superstars commanding the attention and the work of the great composers. Violinists like Pablo de Sarasate, Joseph Joachim and ... Anna Maria? Chiara?

In the 18th century, travelers came from all over Europe to hear Anna Maria and Chiara perform in Venice. Neither attained the wealth or the immortal fame of someone like Paganini, but composers sought them out to write music for them.
Anna Maria and Chiara were two of Antonio Vivaldi’s greatest students. They were orphans at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice -- an orphanage established by the wealthy ruling class with the aim of raising girls who would be useful to society from a practical or artistic point of view.  Vivaldi served as music director there from Protected content again from Protected content . In those years he wrote hundreds of pieces for the all-female orchestra and choir.
Like most infants left at the Pietà, Anna Maria had no last name. She had been passed through a secret opening  large enough only to fit a child in Protected content . The orphanage named her Anna Maria dal Violin. And under the instruction of composer-in-residence Vivaldi she became one of the most celebrated violinists of her time.
Vivaldi wrote at least 28 concertos just for her. “Six Violin Concertos for Anna Maria,” a disc by violinist Federico Guglielmo, features the highlights.
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About the book:

Abandoned as an infant, fourteen-year-old Anna Maria Dal Violin is one of the elite musicians living in the foundling home where the "Red Priest," Antonio Vivaldi, is maestro and composer. Fiercely determined to find out where she came from, Anna Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery that carries her into a wondrous and haunting world of music and spectacle, bringing eighteenth-century Venice magically to life. (Goodreads)