Very few people knew Antonia, despite her eventual fame as “La Stella di Venezia”. Antonia of Venice is an unveiling of love, connected souls, music, power and tragedy.
The story lures the reader into the beauty and decadence of 18th century Venice, and into the passions that drive and torment its characters. Antonia develops from being Vivaldi’s star pupil into his musical colleague and the pride of Venetian musical conceit. After she falls in love with Orlando Sagredo, master planner of the Palio, Antonia recognizes the emotional bondage she has never questioned.
Antonia of Venice is inhabited by brilliant musicians, avaricious politicians and ineffectual rulers of the Republic of Venice. Through it all, the people and music Antonia loves take the reader into the depths of revenge and selflessness.
A well researched 18th century romance novel with brilliant descriptions, Antonia of Venice advances the timeless, feminine heroic as a powerful and equal partner to the masculine.
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Another jab! Higher this time, on her shoulder. And it hurt!
Antonia waited until the harpsichord solo began before turning around to glare at the violinist behind her. There was Isabetta, smiling sweetly and innocently in the black and white garb of the Ospedale orphan, her left hand holding her violin upright in her lap, her right hand allowing the bow to hang down at her side. Only the slight movement of her bow hand gave her away.
Antonia glowered and whispered, “Stop! Stop now!” The ornate frescoes and statuary of the Church absorbed her soft voice. Buono! The Maestro hadn’t heard her.
Isabetta merely smiled more innocently and looked up at the painted seraphim haloing the Madonna. As soon as Antonia turned around again, Isabetta poked the younger musician’s back more forcefully, quickly re-assuming her angelic pose.
L'angelo di Satana, Antonia thought, as she dropped her bowing arm and thrust her bow backward.
Translation in progress. Translated by Alessandra Sandrin