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CONCERTO in C major FVIII/40, RV472, P.V.45

CONCERTO in C major FVIII/40, RV472, P.V.45

 
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Composer:Vivaldi, Antonio (1678-1741)
Instrumentation:bn. pft.
Publisher Ref:FAG14
One of nearly forty concertos for bassoon in three movement form, fast-slow-fast, by a 'giant' of the Italian Baroque.

Price: £16.99
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Editor:Homolya, Istvan
Skill Level:D
Publisher:Schott & Co.
Year of Issue:1971
ISMN:M001093095
ISBN:none specified
Antonio Vivaldi is widely hailed as an outstanding composer of the Baroque, but it is less well known that he was very probably the first to lift the bassoon from its low profile in the orchestra, or as a continuo instrument, to take the solo part in a concerto, or that he was the most prolific composer of bassoon concertos to date. Of the 350 concertos for solo instrument, strings and continuo attributed to Vivaldi, 230 are for his own instrument, the violin. About 38 of the remainder (this figure varies slightly between sources) are for bassoon, strings and cembalo; the manuscripts of which - apparently unpublished during the composer's lifetime - are held in the Turin Library. It is thought that they were written between 1704 and 1740 for the girls at the Ospedale della Pieta in Venice which was an orphanage, convent and music school with an outstanding orchestra where Vivaldi was employed for most of that time, latterly as 'Maestro de' Concerti' or Music Director.

Contrary to the light-hearted quip that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto 'x' number of times, each of his bassoon concertos has been described as "... novel, individual and most imaginative, and … , conceived as instrumental tone poems." The outer fast movements of this one use wide interval leaps to good effect, interspersed with more evenly written diatonic passages, particularly in the first movement which, after a 5 bar introduction, has a falling octave scale as a motif. The middle movement (Andante) has a lovely lyricism to it.



  • Allegro non molto
  • Andante molto
  • Allegro


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