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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Vivaldi’s Girls is a short work of historical fiction written by author Dick Rosano. Based on the real historical figure of composer Antonio Vivaldi, this sweepingly romantic tale takes place during his time as a music teacher in the Conservatorio of Venice. Here, the teacher beguiles more than one of his lovely young students whilst he attempts to teach them the intricacies of the violin, and there are more romances to come as he explores other cities beyond Venetian society. Told from the viewpoint of his lifelong friend Domenico Trapensi, this charming account of a very stylish and suave gentleman brings to life the high society and scandal of the age of Casanova.
This was a beautiful read from start to finish, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Author Dick Rosano has clearly done considerable research into the life and times of the infamous Antonio Vivaldi, but the thing that most impressed me was the description and attention to detail with which the story is told. There’s so much life, colour, flavor and excitement in the tale, and each woman who falls for Vivaldi is treated as her own person with her own quirks, beauty and reasons for finding the redheaded composer so beguiling. Although the work may sound biographical, the choice of narrator also enables the story to come to life more like a novel, as Trapensi’s direct involvement with Antonio allows us a unique insight into his life without losing the sense of mystery around Vivaldi himself. Vivaldi’s Girls is definitely a recommended read.