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Vivaldi's Virgins by Barbara Quick
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Nov 16, 2007

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bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in October, 2007

It's been a long time since I've read anything about music. If nothing else, Vivaldi's Virgins brought back a spark of desire for me to sing and plan the piano again.

Set in Venice in the 18th century, this book is about the life of the orphans who were trained to play music in the Ospedale della Pietà under Vivaldi. What I liked most was hearing the main character's passion for music described in words. I think the author's ability of putting that passion and love into words is an art unto itself.

The story primarily about Anna Maria dal Violin and her experiences as she searches for her mother or father. But that's less interesting than the little historical tidbits about Vivaldi, Venice in the 18th Century and music during it's most opulent time.

In general I thought the author was too often redundant, but the story line was interesting enough to make this book worthy of a quick scan.

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