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Vivaldi's Venice
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Vivaldi and Venice are entwined. Vivaldi was the most influential composer, and the leading violinist, of his age and spent most of his life in Venice, the most literary city in the world; a city already, in Vivaldi's time, the most exciting on earth and a major tourist destination.

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Patrick Barbier is Professor of Music at the West Catholic University of Angers. A specialist in the history of opera, he has published widely on the subject, including Souvenir Press's The World of Castrati.

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Biographers have become used to the technique of making much of what little evidence they have, and of writing about everything that surrounds their elusive subject until they have brought us as close to him as we can get... which Patrick Barbier attempts in his portrait of the Venice Vivaldi knew. The prospect is a tempting one... A book to tickle the imagination. * Gramophone *
Patrick Barbier brings to life the magic of 18th-century Venice during the six-month long carnival and paints a colourful portrait of Vivaldi, the Venetian 'Red Priest', in the lavishly illustrated Vivaldi's Venice. * History Today *
Barbier covers a broad canvas and reading Vivaldi's Venice is like being taken into a painting by Canaletto or Guardi... He writes of the city, its people and music... He takes us to the musical splendour of the private palazzi and the uniqueness of Venice as the 17th-century opera capital of Europe. This is a sparkling book, sparely but well-illustrated in colour. * Catholic Herald *

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