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News 2010: (UK) Lost Vivaldi concerto found in the National Archives of Scotland

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2010

The discovery of a previously unknown score of a flute concerto by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) in the National Archives of Scotland has been announced. Andrew Woolley, Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, has identified the score of 'Il Gran Mogol' as a lost part of series of four ‘national’ concertos by Vivaldi. The manuscript score (GD40/15/54/2) is in the hand of a copyist, and is among the family papers of the Marquesses of Lothian, an important collection that was purchased by the National Archives of Scotland in 1991.

Although the title and composer were written on the score, Mr Woolley is the first scholar to identify the significance of the work. “This piece was previously known only from a mention in the sale catalogue of an 18th-century Dutch bookseller. Discovering that it is actually in existence is unexpected and hugely exciting,” says Andrew Woolley. The others, titled 'La Francia',' La Spagna' and 'L’Inghilterro', remain lost.

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