Amico: The Life of Giovanni Battista Viotti by Warwick Lister

By Warwick Lister

Giovanni Battista Viotti was once surely the main influential violinist of his time, and his kind keeps to pervade to the current day. The final nice consultant of the Italian culture that Corelli begun, Viotti is frequently thought of the founding father of the fashionable or 19th-century French institution of violin taking part in. In Amico: The lifetime of Giovanni Battista Viotti, writer Warwick Lister presents the 1st entire biography in English of this consistently major violinist. a lot of the documentary fabric Lister cites is formerly unknown or now not translated. Lister's biography takes the reader on a desirable trip over the ecu continent and into the musical tradition of the past due 18th century. Born three hundred and sixty five days ahead of Mozart and loss of life 3 years sooner than Beethoven's dying, Viotti rose from the common-or-garden origins of a blacksmith's son in a village close to Turin, Italy, to overseas repute. His multifarious profession as a live performance performer, composer, instructor, opera theater director, and impresario was once performed out opposed to the backdrop of a dramatically altering international - he served as a courtroom musician for no much less a determine than Marie Antoinette sooner than founding an opera condo in Paris. Viotti additionally knew tragedy in addition to luck: he used to be pressured to escape the French Revolution, he was once exiled from England for a longer interval according to suspicions of convinced Jacobin developments, his try to determine himself in company met with failure, and he died seriously in debt. Lister concludes Amico by means of coming to grips with the very issues that account for Viotti's greatness and impact: the technical facets of his violin enjoying and compositions. With its wide documentary examine and the inclusion of translations of assorted archival files, this is often the basic English-language biography of Viotti, an important addition to the libraries of scholars and students of 18th and early nineteenth century song, in addition to violin performers, scholars, and teachers.

Show description

Read or Download Amico: The Life of Giovanni Battista Viotti PDF

Similar arts & literature books

Yo-Yo Ma: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

A musician of infrequent artistry, the self-effacing but charismatic Yo-Yo Ma connects along with his audiences with startling effectiveness. He continues to be dedicated to the classical repertoire but has lengthy roved some distance past the Western classical tune canon. regardless of his genuine celebrity prestige and thriving solo occupation, he has frequently sought out musicians open air the classical sphere and collaborated with them on interesting recordings.

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous : reflections on daytime dramas and divine intervention

"I enjoyed Gloria's autobiography approximately twist of fate. it really is considerate, concept upsetting, and inspirational. " ―Dr. Daniel Amen, ny occasions bestselling writer Ten million day-by-day audience enjoyed her as Liz Chandler at the cleaning soap opera Days of Our Lives. but whereas the cameras rolled and the fictitious plotline for Days spread out on a daily basis, Loring used to be quietly wrestling together with her personal real-life dramas―the prognosis of her younger son's diabetes, the unraveling of her marriage, and a nagging internal voice from early life that instructed her anything used to be fallacious.

A Grand Guy: The Art and Life of Terry Southern

"When they're now not stunned or astonished or engaged by way of what you assert, the ball online game is over. in the event that they locate it repulsive, or outlandish, or disgusting, that is o.k., or in the event that they like it, that is very well, but when they simply shrug it off, it is time to retire. " -- Terry SouthernA Grand GuyHe was once the hipster's hipster, the fitting icon of cool.

Extra info for Amico: The Life of Giovanni Battista Viotti

Example text

30 Amico Chapel and Chamber Musician The next milestone in Viotti’s career was his appointment, late in 1775, to the orchestra of the King’s Music, the Cappella e Camera. The maestro di cappella was Francesco Saverio Giay (fl. 1764–92), a prolific composer of sacred music for the court, whose father had been the maestro di cappella before him. In the 1770s this organization had about ten singers, including a male soprano (castrato). The orchestra was roughly half the size of that of the Teatro Regio (about thirty players: an organist, thirteen–fifteen violins, one or two violas, four cellos, two double basses, at least four oboes, including one or two “bass oboes,”95 and two horns), though their memberships overlapped considerably.

This later possibility, too, is not supported by any documentary evidence, with one tantalizing exception: in the Public Advertiser of 13 May 1773 there is an advertisement for a benefit concert for the cellist Janson to be given that evening in Hickford’s Room, London. 90 It is a mystery. There is no other evidence that Viotti had accompanied his teacher on this, Pugnani’s second trip to London. 91 Again, the ambassador makes no mention of Viotti in Fontanetto and Turin, 1755–79 29 his dispatch.

The fingers supple [. 2. Crayon and chalk drawing of Pugnani by Coplestone Warre Bamphylde, 1769 (Hampshire Record Office; 9M73/G1009). 39 He then lists seven ways in which the scale is to be practiced: 1) without inflections [. ], the sound of each note should be begun, continued, and terminated at the same level of loudness 2) beginning forte and finishing piano 3) beginning piano, crescendo and diminuendo 4) the scale in a given key, but played in every possible position 5) in semitones [chromatic scale], with the same inflections as above 6) with a trill on each note, same inflections 7) finally, practice all of this in the different keys, in different positions, and at different speeds We may permit ourselves the assumption that Viotti, in enunciating these principles and methods, was speaking from his own experience as a pupil, that, at least to an extent, they had been part of his own violinistic formation.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.38 of 5 – based on 50 votes