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THE BAROQUE MUSIC FOUNDATION

HISTORY

The Baroque Music Foundation was founded in 2013 and has been active since that time in promoting Vivaldi and other Baroque composers whose music is little known. To this end we have contributed to the recording of music by Stradella and Monteverdi as well as Antonio Vivaldi whose name is renowned only for a few pieces of music, principally The Four Seasons. Few would imagine that he wrote over 800 pieces of music. 

In 2000 the project set out on a colossal undertaking, to record the private library of Antonio Vivaldi, some 450 works in his own hand. The collection, which had miraculously survived intact for centuries, and which was the composer’s personal library, is now housed in the National Library in Turin, Italy. For the full history click here.

These are costly projects, engaging musicians and soloists specialized in this repertoire and noted scholars who contribute to the informative booklets which accompany each CD. Maintaining these high-standards in today’s economic ambiance is a challenge and one which the Baroque Music Foundation, a charitable organization, has chosen to support.  

BOARD

Susan Orlando, chairman, has served as artistic director of the Vivaldi Edition recording project since its inception in 2000. Throughout her career she has been involved in the Baroque music world on both sides of the Atlantic, first as a musician (viola da gamba) and then directing concert series (Cambridge Society for Early Music, Boston, Festival Musica Antica Magnano, Italy). She has also been the editor of five volumes of Proceedings from International Clavichord Symposiums (Magnano, Italy)  and two volumes of Proceedings from Viola da Gamba Symposiums (Magnano & Centre de Musique Baroque de Limoges).

Anne Fairfax, treasurer Anne Fairfax is an architect and founder of Fairfax & Sammons Architects. She is a recent graduate of Oxford University in Sustainable Urban Development and continues her practice in New York & Palm Beach, Florida. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Richard Sammons, secretary Richard Sammons is an American architect of distinction. He has received numerous national and international awards for excellence, among them multiple awards for house designs (Addison Mizner Medal, Stanford White Award, Palladio Award) and including the Arthur Ross Award for Lifetime Achievement for Architecture from the Institute of Classical Architecture. He continues his practise today with offices in New York and Palm Beach, Florida.

Richard Miller is the President of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and an Advisory Director of the Metropolitan Opera. He has served on the Boards of the Lake George Opera Festival , Glimmerglass Opera, the International Friends of the Festival d’Aix en Provence and is a Trustee of The Bagby Foundation for Musical Arts, Inc..  He is a partner in the law firm of Blank Rome LLP

Michael Marissen is a distinguished musicologist who taught at Swarthmore for many years and has been visiting professor at both Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. He has written several books on J.S. Bach and Handel and has published in, among others, Early Music, Music & Letters, Musical Quarterly, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.

Cesare Fertonani is professor of musicology at the University of Milan.  He has written widely in specialized journals and has published many books, among them the definitive work on Vivaldi’s instrumental music which was published in 1998 and still remains essential today. 

Giuseppe Gerbino joined the Columbia faculty in 2001 as professor of music and historical musicology.  He has published widely and his 2009 book “Music and the Myth of Arcadia in Renaissance Italy” won the 2010 Lewis Lockwood Award of the American Musicological Society.  Columbia honored him with the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013. 

Alberto Basso – honorary board member, is a highly regarded Italian musicologist. He first came to international recognition with the publication of his book on J.S. Bach, Frau Musica, which was translated into a number of languages. He is the author of innumerable subsequent books on music subjects and is the mastermind behind the Vivaldi Edition recording project which his Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte launched in association with Naïve records, Paris, in 2000. 


John Lewis, founding member of the Baroque Music Foundation and longtime friend and supporter of the Vivaldi Edition recording project passed away peacefully one year ago, on 21 April , 2019.  His was an extraordinary, non-conventional life encompassing myriad interests and activities and a during enthusiasm for Baroque music. His obituary can be read on this link: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=john-m-lewis&pid=192859918

EVENTS

Among some of the events we have organized over the last few years have been:

  • A tour in Italy including a staged Vivaldi opera at the Teatro Regio in Turin (and the privilege of going back stage to meet the singers and musicians), seeing the Vivaldi manuscripts housed in that city and then traveling to Venice for a walking tour of Vivaldi’s Venice.
  •  Helping bring to Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series an all-Vivaldi program by Accademia Bizantina under the baton of Ottavio Dantone. 
  • Hosting private soirées, principally in New York, in order to introduce discerning audiences to the Vivaldi Edition recording series.
  • Introducing the Vivaldi Edition in talks at both the Century and Cosmopolitan Clubs in New York as well as in Palm Beach.
  • Numerous radio interviews on the Vivaldi Edition, most recently at WCRB/WGBH, and for the syndicated national program Sunday Baroque.

JOIN US

Join us in assuring that the high standard of the Vivaldi Edition recordings is continued until completion. Crowning the world-wide celebrations of Vivaldi’s birth in 2028 will be the conclusion of this essential recording project. The Vivaldi Edition will leave behind for posterity over 125 hours of outstanding music, a reference to the great composer’s music that will live well into the future, and the restoration of a pivotal  component of our Western cultural heritage that might easily have been lost forever.


The Baroque Music Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Donor’s advantages include exclusive events in the U.S. and Europe,
tours, newsletters and cd releases shared with a privileged group of enthusiasts.

For more information on how you can donate please contact us. 

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