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Antonio Vivaldi. What a joy to create!
In the centre of pleasure
VENICE, La Fenice Theatre. 1725
Venice had become the tourist destination of choice for
young aristocrats from all over Europe, who came to sumptuous venues,
uch as La Fenice theatre, not really to seek artistic pleasures, but more "earthly" ones. However, the reward, from a cultural point of view, was extraordinary! Italian art had reached the height of its splendour in my century.
My home town was cruelly, but justifiably, described as 'the brothel of Europe'. Even in the convents such corrupt morals reigned. You have to know that, at that time, the music that was produced was quite quickly replaced by new music, and so the old music was forgotten. In the eighteenth century, it was not customary to
revisit the past, let alone pay homage to it. The most successful pieces of music remained in vogue for about a season and no more... The Four Seasons was an exceptional case, because his concerts were repeated many more times. These concerts were an immediate success as soon as I published them. Thanks to my musical descriptions, they remain among
the most splendid examples of 'descriptive' music. I had precise images in mind when composing and often underlined the score with descriptive notes. Each concerto was accompanied by a short note of explanation. For example, I would provide descriptions such as: <<The farmer celebrates, with song and dance, the joy of a good harvest.>>.
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