Along with a new foreword by Philadelphia opera singer, Frank Tenaglia, we find a fresh red, white and green cover and a cover portrait of the early Italian musical genius, Antonio Vivaldi (c.1678 – 1741), a single, fascinating and enlightening fresh topic has been added. It follows, in its entirety.
A TITILLATING TALLY. How easily we forget that Italy became the fountainhead of musical study. The paths through and around the Alps became two-way routes for the Italian teachers traveling throughout the European continent to perform and to teach, while foreigners poured into Italy to become fawning students of Italian musical masters. Here is a list of some European cities and just a representative few of the many Italian musical geniuses who worked and taught in them.
BERLIN: Veracini, Alessandri
DRESDEN: Scandello, Paer, Morlacchi
GRAZ: Stivori, Valentini
HANOVER: De Grandis
LISBON: Schiassi (again)
LONDON: Tarchi, Viotti, Ventura
MADRID: D. Scarlatti, Boccherini, Corselli
MOSCOW: A. Duni
MUNICH: Steffani, Tozzi, Cornacchioli
PARIS: Spontini, Cherubini, Lulli (Lully)
ST. PETERSBURG: Araia, Drigo, Paisiello
SALZBURG. A. Brunetti
VIENNA: Salieri, G. Scarlatti, Vigano
WARSAW: Scacchi, Verocai, Pacelli
The above representative list is stunning in its implications. One is immediately made to
realize the extent of Italy's impact on music. The dynamics of music went from Italy to the
entire European community and from there to the world. Despite the seeming lack of
communication in the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries, all Europe was awakening to the joy
of music, with Italy as the chanticleer.
One might add the above to BRAVO!'s coverage of the Italian creation of musical notation, over half the vocabulary of music, perfecting the violin, the origins of Opera, famous Italian singing and conducting, and the solid contributions of the Italian-Americans.
BRAVO!'s author, Guy Graybill is a retired Pennsylvania educator who has authored a half-dozen published books; but who insists that the best of the six is BRAVO!. All of his books can be seen on Amazon.com. Now completing a seventh book, Graybill can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.