Antonio Vivaldi: The Red Priest of Venice by Karl Heller

By Karl Heller

Antonio Vivaldi's rediscovery after global warfare II fast led him from obscurity to his current renown as essentially the most well known 18th-century composers. Heller's biography provides the $64000 aspects of his lifestyles, his works, and his impression on tune historical past.

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The violin sonatas were dedicated to King Frederick IV of Denmark and Norway, who made an incognito visit to Venice between 29 December 1708 and 6 March 1709 during Carnival and attended a Pietà concert conducted by Vivaldi on 30 December. The Violin Sonatas, Op. 2, are sonate da camera. Six of the works are in three movements, while the other six are in four. The four-movement works contain a second free movement in addition to the opening movement. Rather conventional movements are juxtaposed with others that are effective and distinctly individual in both language and overall character.

Opera was a form of amusement that people enjoyed as often as possible, especially during Carnival. The Frankfurt patrician Johann Friedrich Armand von Uffenbach attended the same opera three times within two weeks when he was in Venice for the 1715 Carnival. According to Reinhard Strohm, to understand [opera] history using present-day phenomena … we must equate eighteenth-century Italian opera with today’s 34 Chapter Two opera plus film, television, and, perhaps, soccer. 13 Many of the composers who dominated Venetian opera during the century and a half between Monteverdi and Galuppi are well known: Francesco Cavalli, Antonio Cesti, Giovanni Legrenzi, Carlo Francesco Pollarolo, Francesco Gasparini, and, between 1710 and 1740, Tommaso Albinoni and Antonio Vivaldi.

2 and Op. 4 each consist of twelve chamber sonatas. Vivaldi’s Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, are all sonate da camera. Most of them are in four movements, yet they exhibit considerable variety within this pattern. They all open with a “free”, that is, non-dance, movement usually labeled preludio, while virtually none of the trio sonatas share the same type and sequence of dance movements. For example, Sonata No. 7 (RV 65) contains the movements Preludio, Largo – Allemanda, Allegro – Sarabanda, Andante – Giga, and Presto, while Sonata No.

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