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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Lost Vivaldi Symphony Performed

A harpsichordist with a passion for rare music tracked down Vivaldi's Argippo, originally composed for the Czech capital and premiered in 1730.

The opera disappeared after that and Ondrej Macek had only a copy of the opening night's program to go by. However, he traced the original orchestra's movements to Germany. There, he found an anonymous music collection by various composers, and Argippo was among them.

Since only 2/3 of the score had survived the centuries, Macek used arias from Vivaldi's other works to finish the work.

Argippo was performed for the first time in 278 years March 2nd in Prague.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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