Lost Vivaldi flute concerto discovered, will be performed

Posted on: October 7, 2010

A report Thursday (10/7) on the BBC News website states, “A lost flute concerto by the composer Vivaldi has been discovered at the National Archives of Scotland. ‘Il Gran Mogol,’ which belonged to a quartet of lost concertos, has been authenticated as the work of the 18th century Italian composer. Southampton University research fellow Andrew Woolley found the piece among the Marquesses of Lothian’s family papers at the archives in Edinburgh. It will receive its modern day premiere at Perth Concert Hall in January. … ‘Il Gran Mogol’ is almost complete, only missing a part for the second violin. But Mr. Woolley has reconstructed it using the manuscript of another flute concerto by Vivaldi, which is kept in Turin and appears to be a reworking of ‘Il Gran Mogol.’ He said: ‘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.’ ”

Posted October 7, 2010