Classical music aficionados are able to view the score of a newly-discovered Vivaldi flute concerto in a Scottish music hall.
The work was uncovered last October by Andrew Woolley, a research fellow at the University of Southampton, who recognised it as part of a series of four lost works.
The piece was part of a quartet of lost Vivaldi concertos and, unfortunately, the remaining three pieces of work – La Francia, La Spagna and L’Inghilterro – remain lost.
Visitors to Perth Concert Hall were able to see the original score of Il Gran Mogol as they arrived for a concert by the award-winning early music group La Serenissima, who performed the modern day premiere of the flute concerto.
Conservators from the National Archives of Scotland have created a copy of the original score of the concerto to give a flavour of the original manuscript and allow close inspection.
James Waters, creative director for classical music for Horsecross Arts, the organisation that owns the concert hall said he was delighted the venue was hosting the world premiere of Vivaldi’s lost manuscript.
“It’s a real coup for Perth Concert Hall to be hosting this world premiere and entirely appropriate that this should be held in Scotland following the remarkable discovery of the work in the National Archives of Scotland,” he said.
“The opportunity to view a copy of the original manuscript adds to the excitement of this unique occasion.”
Il Gran Mogol was discovered among the family papers of the Marquess of Lothian in the National Archives of Scotland.
The Italian composer, best known for The Four Seasons, was a prolific writer who penned almost 50 operas, more than 500 concertos and around 90 sonatas.
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