Vivaldi, A :: Concerto in A minor, RV 445

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  • Composer
    Vivaldi, A
  • Instrumentation
    Flute & Piano
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [2347]
  • Editor
    Rampal, Jean-Pierre
  • Orchestration
    fl, pn; pc, pn; rec, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
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Concerto in A minor, RV 445
Vivaldi, A

International Music Company presents Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor, RV 445 for piccolo, flute, or recorder edited by Jean-Pierre Rampal.

'Known in his native Venice as the red priest, from the inherited colour of his hair, Antonio Vivaldi was born in 1678, the son of a barber who later served as a violinist at the great Basilica of St Mark. He studied for the priesthood and was ordained in 1703. At the same time he had won a reputation for himself as a violinist of phenomenal ability and was appointed violin-master at the Ospedale della Pieta. This last was one of four such charitable institutions, established for the education of orphan, indigent or illegitimate girls and boasting a particularly fine musical tradition. Here the girls were trained in music, some of the more talented continuing to serve there as assistant teachers, earning the dowry necessary for marriage. Vivaldi s association with the Pieta continued intermittently throughout his life, from 1723 under a contract that provided for the composition of two new concertos every month. At the same time he enjoyed a connection with the theatre, as the composer of some fifty operas, director and manager. He finally left Venice in 1741, travelling to Vienna, where there seemed some possibility of furthering his career under imperial patronage. He died there a few weeks after his arrival in the city, in relative poverty. At one time he had been worth 50,000 ducats a year, it seemed, but now had little to show for it, as he arranged for the sale of some of the music he had brought with him.

The ritornello that opens the Concerto in A minor for sopranino recorder, RV 445, is more restrained in pace, followed by a solo episode based on divided chords. Passages in C major and E minor lead to a solo section of virtuoso triplet figuration, ending in trills before the final orchestral ritornello. The strings start the A minor slow movement, with violins and violas providing a unison accompaniment to the soloist in the following passage, a moving aria. The duple time final movement again offers infinite variety within the limits of its structure, as solo episode succeeds episode in increasing brilliance.'

- Keither Anderson

  • Composer
    Vivaldi, A
  • Instrumentation
    Flute & Piano
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [2347]
  • Editor
    Rampal, Jean-Pierre
  • Orchestration
    fl, pn; pc, pn; rec, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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