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Vivaldi Concerto Discovered Where?

Musicologist Andrew Woolley discovers a flute concerto by Antonio Vivaldi at the National Archives of Scotland.

painting of vivaldi

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A detail from Francois Morellon de La Cave's painting of Antonio Vivaldi (Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica, Bologna).

Following the discovery of works by J.S. Bach, Handel, and Beethoven during the last fifteen years, a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi can now be added to the list of incredible finds.

Musicologist Andrew Woolley, while doing research at the National Archives of Scotland, came across a previously known but lost flute concerto by Vivaldi entitled Il Gran Mogol, or “The Great Moghul.” The work was found incomplete — it’s missing a second violin part — but was subsequently reconstructed from another version of the concerto which survives.

Woolley found the work in the papers of the Marquesses of Lothian, which points to a theory as to how a copy of a Vivaldi concerto made it to Scotland in the first place. According to the National Archives of Scotland:

The manuscript was the property of the musical nobleman Lord Robert Kerr, son of the 3rd Marquess of Lothian. He is known to have played the flute in the period he was attending classes at the University of Edinburgh, 1729-1732, and he may have acquired the score while on a Grand Tour of Europe in the 1730s.

The concerto will receive its modern premiere in January, 2011, with the award-winning British ensemble La Serenissima doing the honors.

Read More: Lost Vivaldi concerto found in the National Archives of Scotland (National Archives of Scotland)

Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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