The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi's Venice

By Laurel Corona

In glittering 18th-century Venice, track and love are prized specially else--and for 2 sisters coming of age, the city's passions mix in intoxicating ways.

Chiaretta and Maddalena are as diverse as evening and day. the 2 sisters have been deserted as infants at the steps of the Ospedale della Pietß, Venice's world-famous foundling health facility and musical academy. High-spirited and rebellious, Chiaretta marries right into a nice aristocratic Venetian family members and finally turns into probably the most strong ladies in Venice. Maddalena turns into a violin virtuoso and Antonio Vivaldi's muse. The 4 Seasons is a wealthy, literary mind's eye of the realm of 18th-century Venice and the lives and loves of 2 striking girls.

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Chiaretta whispered. Annina scowled and placed a finger to her lips. “A figlia di coro. ” A daughter of the choir? Chiaretta couldn't ask what she meant—not then at least—so she became her head clear of Annina, feeling the cool of the marble opposed to her face whereas the air round her grew hot and thick from the clicking of our bodies. while humans all started making a song back, rather than attempting to see the girl, Chiaretta checked out the air in entrance of the voice, attempting to know the way anything invisible may be so appealing. a number of huge POTS OF WATER have been SIMMERING ON A GRATE in an important hearth, subsequent to a steel washtub. a tender lady tied on a large paintings apron and commenced pouring the nice and cozy water into the bath. She advised the 2 ladies to undress and sit, and whilst Maddalena complied, one other girl lifted up her hair in a single handful and, by surprise, lower it off on the neck with savage clips of her shears. Chiaretta shrieked as though her sister’s throat were lower. She ran towards the door, and while she couldn't pull it open, she pressed her again opposed to it, taking in nice sobbing gulps of air. the 1st lady left the bath and crouched down in entrance of Chiaretta. “Come, cara, it doesn’t harm. ” Her voice used to be gentle and her hand mild as she guided Chiaretta’s chin in Maddalena’s path. “See? ” Maddalena held the tough ends of her hair in a single hand, staring in surprise whereas her foot toyed with the auburn strands at the ground. Chiaretta saved her again pressed opposed to the door, however the girl kneeling in entrance of her appeared great, and Maddalena, notwithstanding a bit dazed, didn't seem to be harm. finally Chiaretta allowed herself to be coaxed to the chair. After her haircut, every one of them was once passed a smaller model of the purple costume the ladies wore. whilst the attire have been tugged and smoothed into position, small white aprons have been tied round the ladies’ waists. After a couple of minutes in entrance of the fireplace, tousling what remained in their hair, Maddalena and Chiaretta coated their heads with lace-trimmed hoods that draped over their shoulders. the ladies put a white cap on every one in their heads, and the transformation of the 2 women into wards of the Pietà was once entire. a number of ANEMIC hands OF grey iciness solar FILTERED during the dirty home windows of the children’s ward. The coal within the fireplaces at each one finish of the room have been damped down until eventually night, and the lamps have been unlit because the ladies made their approach among the rows of neat cots. “Where are the youngsters? ” Chiaretta requested. “They’re at paintings. ” Anzoleta, one of many ward matrons, signaled towards of the cots. “These may be yours,” she stated. Maddalena sat down, feeling the difficult body in the course of the skinny bed. She checked out Chiaretta, who had sat down at the different mattress, rubbing the coarse wool blanket as though attempting to make associates. A bell rang from someplace contained in the partitions of the Pietà. “It’s time for Sext,” Anzoleta acknowledged. She knelt and crossed herself. “Aperi, Domine, os meum,” she begun, yet prior to Chiaretta and Maddalena had time to get to their knees, she stood up back, carrying on with a string of Latin phrases.

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