Vivaldi's Music for Flute and Recorder

Vivaldi's Music for Flute and Recorder

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Federico Maria Sardelli writes from the perspective of a professional baroque flautist and recorder-player, as well as from that of an experienced and committed scholar, in order to shed light on the bewildering array of sizes and tunings of the recorder and transverse flute families as they relate to Antonio Vivaldi's compositions. Sardelli draws copiously on primary documents to analyse and place in context the capable and surprisingly progressive instrumental technique displayed in Vivaldi's music. The book includes a discussion of the much-disputed chronology of Vivaldi's works, drawing on both internal and external evidence. Each known piece by him in which the flute or the recorder appears is evaluated fully from historical, biographical, technical and aesthetic standpoints. This book is designed to appeal not only to Vivaldi scholars and lovers of the composer's music, but also to players of the two instruments, students of organology and those with an interest in late baroque music in general. Vivaldi is a composer who constantly springs surprises as, even today, new pieces are discovered or old ones reinterpreted. Much has happened since Sardelli's book was first published in Italian, and this new English version takes full account of all these new discoveries and developments. The reader will be left with a much fuller picture of the composer and his times, and the knowledge and insights gained from minutely examining his music for these two wind instruments will be found to have a wider relevance for his work as a whole. Generous music examples and illustrations bring the book's arguments to life.

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 30mm | 721.22g
  • Ashgate Publishing Group
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • AldershotUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Includes 16 b&w illustrations and 174 music examples
  • 075463714X
  • 9780754637141
  • 1,211,678

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'Federico Maria Sardelli's comprehensive study of this sector of Vivaldi's oeuvre, first published in Italian in 2001, brings its riches to the English-speaking world through a thoughtful translation by Michael Talbot. The repertory itself is a miscellany of sonatas and concertos plus an array of obbligato parts in operas and church music, but Sardelli holds that it plays a central role in the development of wind music in late Baroque Europe. Bringing his own insights as a performer to individual works, he deduces that Vivaldi played many of the instruments for which he scored. He discusses subtleties of nomenclature and scoring, offers extensive detail of the musical sources, surveys issues of performance in several locales, and deduces from the available evidence the types and sizes of instruments intended for each of the works. The whole book is generously provided with illustrations and musical examples. In Sardelli's own phrase, it emphasizes "data, documents, and commentary." The text has been updated to accommodate recent discoveries.' Eleanor Selfridge-Field, Stanford University, USA '...this is a major contribution to Vivaldi studies...Highly recommended.' Choice '...the reader is fortunate in that so fine a book has been translated by so distinguished a scholar, a fact that itself lends it authority... The author knows the sources, he knows the music, and knows what needs to be written... if only such books existed on other distinct repertoires - and not just Vivaldi. There is such a wealth of information and understanding that I can make this a very short review, and just recommend it to all who play the music [...] and those who write about it.' Early Music Review 'Vivaldi scholar Michael Talbot has done a noble service to the English-speaking world in making this 2001 work (published in Italian) accessible... If you want to know about Vivaldi's works for flute, this is the book!' Kansas City Flute Association Newsletter '... a comprehensive study of the composer's repertoire for flute and recorders of varying sizes... there is no doubt that Sardelli's book is a comprehensive starting point for those interested in delving into the Vivaldian repertoire and the historical and performance issues relating to it. Ashgate are to be applauded for publishing such a well-translated study that significantly adds to the research material available to English-speaking scholars and students.' The Consort

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About Federico Maria Sardelli

Signor Federico Sardelli is Head of the Department of Ancient Music at the Musical Academy of Florence, Italy. Professor Michael Talbot is Head of the Department of Music at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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