Lost Vivaldi Concerto found in Scotland by an academic

October 8th, 2010 - 8:24 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

An academic has accidentally found a lost flute concerto by Antonio Vivaldi. Antonio Vivaldi was an 18th century Italian composer and virtuoso violinist. The flute concerto was found in Scotland’s National Archives in Edinburgh among a set of dusty pile of papers.

The 300-year-old manuscript contains the parts for “II Gran Mogul” which is one of the quartets of national concertos. However the others remain missing. The others are “La Francia”, “La Spagna” and “L’lnghiltero”.

Musical scholars believe the piece may never have been performed, but Andrew Woolley who is a research fellow at the Southampton University has authenticated it.

Experts say the piece is only known by its mention in an 18th century sales catalog. That makes the finding extraordinary. A spokesman for the University of Southampton said the found manuscript was the original script and they say they are not sure if there are any other copies out there.

The piece is almost intact with just part of the second violin missing. Musical scholars are shocked that the script was found in Scotland. The concerto will be performed for the first time in January in Scotland’s Perth Concert Hall.

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