Discovering the Rediscovery of Antonio Vivaldi

With more than two thousand recordings1 and myriad conductors programing his music worldwide, Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) is one of the most performed composers in music history. A violinist, concertmaster, and teacher himself, Vivaldi composed many instrumental works, most notably The Four Seasons, and was a major contributor to the development of the concerto. His many sacred and secular works include the Stabat Mater, Magnificat, and Gloria,2 arguably his most famous choral work. It is hard to believe that until the 1950s, Vivaldi and his music were virtually unknown to the concert-going public. This article recounts the true story of the rediscovery of Vivaldi-from the uncovering of hundreds of compositions once thought lost to the quest to bring those compositions to the forefront of classical repertoire. Contained in the following pages are the author's personal photographs, including images from the Italian National University Library in Turin where the Vivaldi Turin manuscripts are located and images from the library archives of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. It is the author's hope that scholars of choral music will enjoy rediscovering Vivaldi in this unique narrative format that begins with an accidental discovery that was two hundred years in the making.

Journal Choral Journal
Year 2015
Volume 55
Issue 10
Pages 18-31

Fish, Miles Dayton (2015) Discovering the Rediscovery of Antonio Vivaldi. In: Choral Journal, Vol. 55, No. 10, pp. 18-31. Available at


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