chapter  7
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Vivaldi’s Sonatas for Recorder and Flute

From the boundless sea of old manuscript sources there often emerge false witnesses that deceive scholars, cataloguers and performers alike, maintaining succesfully up to the present day the imposture of which they are the vehicle. The four sonatas for transverse flute that are ascribed in their sources to Vivaldi are a case in point. In the case of the four sonatas for transverse flute attributed in their manuscripts to Vivaldi they are confronted with a group of compositions whose many inconsistencies with Vivaldi's musical language – these features constituting the internal evidence – are associated with external characteristics that offer little help in establishing authorship. Action was immediately taken on the four sonatas for transverse flute previously regarded as authentic in the new Ryom catalogue.