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AmicoThe Life of Giovanni Battista Viotti$
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Warwick Lister

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372403

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372403.001.0001

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London, 1792–98, and Exile, 1798–ca. 1800

London, 1792–98, and Exile, 1798–ca. 1800

(p.174) CHAPTER SIX London, 1792–98, and Exile, 1798–ca. 1800

Warwick Lister

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This chapter begins with Viotti's resumption of public performance at the Hanover Square concerts in London. His London concertos (the last ten of his twenty-nine concertos) are discussed. His trip to the Continent in the summer of 1793 is described, as well as his sojourn in Bath, where he performed in 1794. The Chinnery family—William and Margaret and their three children—are introduced, a family with whom he was to be intimately associated for the rest of his life, and with whom, beginning in 1796, he lived at their home, Gillwell, near London. Viotti's positions at the King's Theatre in London, variously as acting director, director of the Opera Concert, where he appeared with Haydn, and leader of the orchestra, are described in detail. His second temporary renunciation of public performance in 1796, his entering the wine business, and, finally, his exile from England for alleged Jacobin activities, and his sojourn in the village of Schönfeld, near Hamburg, are all described.

Keywords:   Bath, Chinnery, Gillwell, Hanover Square Concert, Haydn, King's Theatre, Opera Concert, Schönfeld

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