Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra
By Stephen Costanza
(Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805078015, 40pp.)
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
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Every day, Antonio Vivaldi composes a new orchestral piece, and every day, the orphan Candida transcribes Vivaldi’s masterpiece into sheet music for the Invisible Orchestra. Nobody notices Candida or appreciates her hard work.
But one day Candida accidentally slips a poem she wrote into the sheet music and the girl so often behind the shadows gets recognized for her own talents. Vivaldi really did have an Invisible Orchestra made up of orphan girls he taught to play. This beautiful book pays tribute to their inspiration.
“A good introduction to both music history and creative writing.” --School Library Journal "It’s a laudable idea to enrich understanding of a composition so ubiquitous it’s become synonymous with hold music, and Costanza’s velvety pastel pictures, with their doll-like characterizations, dreamy settings, and palette of Venetian blues and greens, lends a fairy tale feel to the story.”--Publishers Weekly “Altogether, a pleasing interpretation of the creative process and the power of art to connect individuals.”--Kirkus Reviews "Radiant, softly textured illustrations, featuring rich jewel tones, dynamic scenes, and plenty of delightful Venetian flourishes, elevate this look at musical composition from the author-illustrator of Mozart Finds a Melody (2004)." --Booklist