The Independent London Newspaper
16th December 2018

CLASSICAL AND JAZZ: Vivaldi’s violin sonata in D major at the Foundling Museum

    Published: 11 October, 2012
    by SEBASTIAN TAYLOR

    A recently discovered violin sonata by prolific Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi is being its first performance in modern times at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury next Wednesday. The occasion may be the first time the Sonata in D major has been heard for more than 250 years. The sonata is one of a pair discovered by Professor Michael Talbot, a world authority on Vivaldi, in a volume of manuscript music in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum.

    The other newly discovered sonata had its first modern performance in Liverpool last year. “From their relatively simple technical demands, it seems the two sonatas were written by Vivaldi for amateurs,” says Professor Talbot.
    This is the second Vivaldi discovery by the professor. In 1973, he found six previously unknown sonatas in Manchester's Henry Watson Museum.

    Wednesday’s premiere will be accompanied by Vivaldi’s famous setting of the Gloria by the Amade Players.

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