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By Karl Heller

ISBN-10: 1574670158

ISBN-13: 9781574670158

Antonio Vivaldi's rediscovery after international conflict II speedy led him from obscurity to his current renown as essentially the most renowned 18th-century composers. Heller's biography offers the real aspects of his lifestyles, his works, and his impact on track background.

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The Violin Sonatas, Op. 2 (1709), are his first printed works to bear this title. Scholars are almost certain that he had begun producing compositions for the Pietà orchestra and for individual performers before this time. As evidence we have the Dresden autograph of the Sonata for Violin, Oboe, Obbligato Organ, and Salmoè ad lib. (RV 779). This manuscript was inscribed in Vivaldi’s hand with the names of four players, all of whom were at the Pietà in 1707, suggesting either the work was written for them or they first performed it.

In addition to his activities as impresario and as the attendant house composer with the duties of arranging and preparing operas by other composers, he produced at least six operas of his own in Venice between autumn 1714 and Carnival 1718. All the more astonishing were his achievements in other artistic endeavors during those years – his pedagogical duties at the Pietà, his 56 Chapter Four appearances as a virtuoso performer and his creations as a composer, including sonatas, concertos, motets, masses, and oratorios.

12 in A Minor (RV 32), in which the violin executes a single sixteenth-note figure, etude-like, reaching as high as f4. Movements that are similar to this Capriccio, in which the bass does nothing more than accompany the virtuosic violin part, alter- 48 Chapter Three nate with movements in which the melody and bass lines toss motifs back and forth in characteristic baroque rhetorical gesture, such as in the ninth sonata’s Preludio and in the Capriccio – Allegro (a concertante movement) of the same sonata.

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