Vivaldi's Virgins: A Novel

Paperback | July 29, 2008

byBarbara Quick

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Abandoned as an infant, fourteen-year-old Anna Maria dal Violin is one of the elite musicians living in the foundling home where the "Red Priest," Antonio Vivaldi, is maestro and composer. Fiercely determined to find out where she came from, Anna Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery that carries her into a wondrous and haunting world of music and spectacle, bringing eighteenth-century Venice magically to life.

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Abandoned as an infant, fourteen-year-old Anna Maria dal Violin is one of the elite musicians living in the foundling home where the "Red Priest," Antonio Vivaldi, is maestro and composer. Fiercely determined to find out where she came from, Anna Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery that carries her into a wondrous and haunting...

Writer and poet Barbara Quick is the author of the novelsVivaldi's VirginsandNorthern Edge,winner of the Discover Prize.A Golden Webis her first book for teen readers. An avid traveler and student of other languages, she has run an international boardinghouse; written everything from self-help books to humor columns to grant requests f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:July 29, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060890533

ISBN - 13:9780060890537

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Vivaldi's Virgins A poignant story of a young 'figlie di coro', or daughter of the choir, who is a student of Maestro Vivaldi in 1700s Venice. Anna Maria was abandoned as an infant and given to a foundling home, as a young girl her musical talent is revealed and becomes a student of Antonio Vivaldi. Prohibited from engaging in life outside the foundling home she struggles between her talent for the violin and a desire for freedom, and as she grows she is faced with difficult choices and tests of faith in herself, as she tries to discover her destiny and who her family is. An eloquent picture into what life would have been like as one of Vivaldi's virgins.
Date published: 2008-08-17

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