Vivaldi and fugue
2009, cm 17 x 24, xx-262 pp. con es. mus. n.t.
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Contrary to common belief, Antonio Vivaldi was a keen and inventive practitioner of fugue. This well-illustrated historical and analytical study is the first to examine and distinguish the many different ways, some highly original, in which Vivaldi applies fugal technique to his music. It aims not only to increase our general understanding of Vivaldi’s music but also to make a contribution to the literature on fugue and fugal terminology and, more widely, to the history of musical form.
Michael Talbot, born in 1943, is known internationally for his studies of Vivaldi and this composer’s Italian, especially Venetian, contemporaries, and for his editions of their music. Among the other composers on whom he has written monographs are Tomaso Albinoni and Benedetto Vinaccesi. His interests within this area are wide and include biography, history, analysis and textual criticism. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Corresponding Member of the Ateneo Veneto. For many years he has been a collaborator of the Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi, and he is currently a co-editor of the Institute’s yearbook «Studi vivaldiani».