Bestiaries appear in illustrated, musical, and written formats
Handel's Bestiary accesses the position in 2010 of title #1 in the book and CD series by Donna Leon, world-famous ideator of the Guido Brunetti mystery novels, on creations and inventions contemporaneous with the Baroque era's music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The series brings into play two successors, in 2011 and 2013, with the respective releases of:
• Venetian Curiosities as title #2; and
• Gondola as title #3.
The second and third titles respectively concentrate upon:
• classical musical compositions by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678–July 28, 1741); and
• eighteenth-century, gondola-inspired, provincial folk music known as barcarole (relating to [a] ship).
The first title contrastingly describes a musical bestiary gleaned from George Frideric Handel’s (February 23, 1685-April 14, 1759) operas.