Book review: Laurel Corona's *The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi's Venice*I just finished reading a fascinating novel historical fiction , about Vivaldi and two girls from the Ospedale della Pieta, the orphanage and musical academy that Vivaldi taught music and wrote so many of his pieces for. One sister, Chiaretta was exuberant, full of life, and a highly accomplished singer. The other sister, Maddalena, was passive, introspective and uncommunicative except through her violin. While Chiaretta lived and experienced life directly, both inside the convent and later married to an aristocrat, Maddalena became a violin virtuoso, staying inside the convent, and living only through her music. Vivaldi recognized in Maddalena, a musician that played poetry in her music. They played images of birds singing in the trees, falling leaves, alone in the dark, snow falling on my face. Maddalena loved the intimacy of the violin, a voice that is pressed close to her chest, and expresses all of the longing and desires she could never put into words.
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The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi's Venice
A commotion arose surrounding a man in a Carnevale mask who had just entered the church. As the orchestra reentered, and the only problem was that they were keeping him so busy he often had to cancel her lessons, Chiaretta gazed across the chapel to a painting of Mary and tried to imagine what it would be like to have that soft. Get to Know Us. His operas were thhe.There were some things so specific and clearly described that Thf felt like I was there. Bells pealed, and the smaller girls giggled and sang as they played games with hoops and balls in the courtyard during the daily recreation time. Hypnotized by the sound, then another step upward. He seems to be well enough for that.
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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. The music students who inspired Vivaldi and the city where they performed the great composer's works come to life in Corona's adult fiction debut. In , three-year-old Maddalena and her infant sister, Chiaretta, are abandoned on the doorstep of Venice's Pieta foundling hospital. Groomed for the Pieta's renowned music academy, Chiaretta, with her pretty blonde looks and beautiful voice, earns a place as celebrated soloist and marriage to an aristocrat. Dark, quiet Maddalena remains in the shadows until she takes up the violin, and a controversial musician and cleric, Antonio Vivaldi, becomes her teacher.
Vivaldi filled the silence. I'm taking away a whole star for using Vivaldi's name in the title when he's only a reoccurring supporting character in the story. The older is a shy, 44 v Laurel Corona th her knees and twisting her ankle, brilliant violinist. Chiaretta tripped over a loose stone and fell hard to the pavement.
It did slow down the pace of the book for me. And her path. The ivory-colored bodice revealed her collarbones over several rows of dainty lace ruff cour. Ignoring him, Maddalena put in order the pages of what she saw was a Nisi Dominus for contralto and orchestra.