Vivaldi and Fascism

I’m very grateful to a comment on my blog, pointing out, which I did not know, how recent the interest and enthusiasm for Vivaldi is and that its origins lie in concerts promoted by Ezra Pound in Rapallo, together with his lover, Olga Rudge, an American violinist. I presume this fact is well known to musicologists, but, after many years as a Vivaldi enthusiast, I did not know that it was only in the 1920s that his manuscript library was acquired in two chunks by the National Library in Turin and only in the 1930s that it began to be performed as part of an Italian cultural revival, closely associated to fascism. I don’t know if this should affect my enjoyment of the Nisi Dominus. I hope not.


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